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LV sues Jinkailide for selling infringing goods
Author:CopyFrom:hits:1490UpdateTime:2015/10/12 10:56:09Editor:

LV公司诉金开利德公司商标侵权——
商户售假,出租方难辞其咎

Recently, because of finding that massive shops in Jinkailide International Clothing Market under Beijing Jinkailide International Clothing Market ltd. (hereinafter as Jinkailde company) selling goods infringing its trademark rights in a long-term, Louis Vuitton Malletier, Ltd. (hereinafter as LV Company) accused Jinkailde Company to Beijing Xicheng People’s Court. The industry experts expressed that, in the trademark infringement cases, trademark owners will usually accuse the shop operators and shop lessors together, asking them to assume corresponding responsibilities.
    LV Company said, massive shops in Jinkailde Company were selling goods infringing its trademark rights in a long-term. However, Jinkailde Company not only did not guide and supervise the pre-standardized operation management of the involved shops, but also did not warn the involved shops or stop them on infringement. And LV Company requested the court to order compensation for economic losses and other expenses of LV, totaly 610,000 yuan. Currently, the case is under further investigation.
    Cao Xinming, the Deputy Director of Intellectual Property Research Center under Zhongnan University of Economics and Law, told CIP News reporter that, at present, China has no clear legal provisions on responsibility for shops lessors. As the lessors of shops, Jinkailde Company signed the contract with the shop operators. Jinkailde Company ignored the trademark infringement to LV Company, which actually constituted contributory infringement, and should take the responsibility.
    Cao Xinming also said when considering that whether the shop lessor know or should have known the infringement by the shop operators, the court should give full consideration to the rights of trade mark awareness, and whether shops infringement is obvious enough, shop operators specific relationship with the lessor, etc.. The court should make the judgments according to the reasonable circumstances, which has significance for the protection of the legitimate interests of the well-known brands. In addition, the lessor itself should improve the management system, strengthen management, and actively guide and supervise the business of shop operators.
 (by Wei Xiaomao/ Zheng Siliang)
本报记者   魏小毛
实习记者   郑斯亮
近日,因认为北京金开利德国际服装市场有限公司(下称金开利德公司)运营的金开利德国际服装批发市场中,存在大量商户长期销售侵犯其商标专用权商品的行为,路易威登马利蒂股份有限公司(下称LV公司)将金开利德公司诉至北京市西城区人民法院。有业内人士表示,在商标侵权案中,商标权利人通常将商铺经营者与商铺出租方、管理方一并作为被告起诉,要求其承担相应的责任。
LV公司称,金开利德国际服装批发市场存在大量商户长期、持续销售侵犯LV公司注册商标专用权商品的行为,金开利德公司既没有尽到引导和督促涉案商户规范经营的前期管理义务,也没有尽到对涉案商户进行教育、警告、停业整顿等后期管理义务。请求法院判令金开利德公司停止侵犯LV公司注册商标专用权的行为,并披露涉案商户与其签订的商铺租赁合同及涉案商铺经营者相关信息。同时,请求法院判令赔偿LV公司经济损失等费用共计61万元人民币。目前,该案正在进一步审理中。
中南财经政法大学知识产权研究中心常务副主任曹新明在接受中国知识产权报记者采访时表示,目前,中国就商铺出租方承担何种责任没有明确的法律规定。金开利德公司作为销售场地的提供方,和商铺经营者之间的权利义务关系由双方签订的合同规定。金开利德公司对涉案商户侵犯LV公司商标权的行为视而不见,放任侵权行为,实际上构成了帮助侵权,应承担相应的责任。
曹新明还表示,法院在判断商铺出租方对商铺经营者侵权是否明知或应知时,要充分考虑权利人商标的知名度、商铺的侵权行为是否足够明显、出租方与商铺经营者的具体关系等因素,根据具体情况合理确定商铺出租方的注意义务,这对于保护知名品牌的合法权益具有指导意义。此外,商铺出租方自身要把好入口关,努力完善管理制度、强化管理力度,积极引导和督促商户的合法经营。

 
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