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Castel trademark dispute not over in spite of court ruling

Updated: 2013-08-28 07:58
By Zhang Zhao ( China Daily)

A second ruling from the Higher People's Court of Zhejiang province has not ended a prolonged trademark dispute between famous French vintner Castel Freres SAS and Panati Wine Co in Shanghai.

After losing the largest trademark suit in China's wine industry, Castel applied for a retrial to China's highest court, which accepted its appeal on Aug 8. Sometime within the next three months, it will decide if a retrial is needed, according to a report from the China Business Journal.

The prior verdict by the provincial court required Castel to pay compensation of nearly 34 million yuan ($5.6 million) to the plaintiff Panati Wine for infringement on its Chinese trademark "Kasite". But at a press conference at the end of last month, Yin Kai, president of Castel China, said the judgment has "deviated from the objective and fair stance".

Castel trademark dispute not over in spite of court ruling

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