Consumer Staples Nov 26, 2021 01:19 AM (GMT+8) · EqualOcean
Financial Associated Press, November 26 - the State Intellectual Property Office answered a reporter's question on the trademark dispute between "Xiaoyao town" and "Tongguan rougamo". The State Intellectual Property Office pointed out that legally, "Xiaoyao town" is an ordinary trademark, and its registrant cannot charge the so-called "membership fee" accordingly. "Tongguan roujiamo" is a geographical indication registered as a collective trademark, and its registrant has no right to license the collective trademark of the geographical indication to merchants outside the specific area of Tongguan and charge franchise fees. At the same time, it has no right to prohibit businesses in a specific area of Tongguan from properly using the place names in the collective trademark of the geographical indication.