Futabasha Infringes the Trademark of Their Own Manga?
On Sept, 30th, Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court (IPC) dismissed Futabasha's dispute with a Chinese firm (Guangzhou Cheng Yi Optical Co., Ltd.) over the trademark of "Crayon Shin-Chan." Futabasha later appealed to Beijing High People's Court. Currently Futabasha finds itself in an interesting situation, where the company is not allowed to sell its own product in China because of "Trademark Infringement."
Futabasha's "Crayon Shin-Chan" is a popular title by Usui Yoshito in both Japan and China. During the trial, Futabasha claimed the Chinese firm's registration of the trademark of "Crayon Shin-Chan" to be invalid.
According to a spokesperson of Futabasha, the company attempted to promote "Crayon Shin-Chan" goods such as clothes in Shanghai in June of 2004; however, Futabasha was asked to take off the "Crayon Shin-Chan" merchandise from stores because of "infringement of trademarked signs."
In 1997, Guangzhou Cheng Yi Optical Co., Ltd. registered 9 character and design trademarks about "Crayon Shin-Chan" products in China. Futabasha applied to revoke the trademarks in January of 2005. Later that year the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) ruled against Futabasha's application, which caused Futabasha to protest and sue TRAB in Beijing No.1 Intermediate People's Court.
So Futabasha finds itself in an interesting situation, as the publisher of "Crayon Shin-Chan" can't sell its own merchandise in China.