U.S. Chamber Welcomes Chinese Court Decision in Michael Jordan Case

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Global Intellectual Property Center Executive Vice President Mark Elliot issued the following statement today in response to a decision from the Supreme People’s Court of China, which upheld Michael Jordan’s right to his name. The case heard by the Court involved Jordan’s long-standing trademark dispute with Qiaodan Sports Company.

“We welcome the Supreme People’s Court decision that recognizes the importance of intellectual property rights,” stated Mark Elliot, executive vice president of GIPC. “The Court has called an intentional foul and sent a clear message of deterrence to those who file trademarks in bad faith.

“This case is not only about an individual sports icon; it is about creating a legitimate marketplace where consumers can trust the products they buy.

“Innovators and creators within the business community – and the millions of jobs they support – count on the legal system to protect their investments.  This decision helps to reinforce those protections.

“Chinese and foreign brands alike stand to benefit from today’s decision. This ruling marks a step forward for efforts to foster a better business ecosystem in China.”

The Chamber’s Global Intellectual Property Center is working around the world to champion intellectual property (IP) rights as vital to creating jobs, saving lives, advancing global economic growth, and generating breakthrough solutions to global challenges.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.


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