A Hong Kong-based company, Grown Up, has filed a lawsuit against Chinese sportswear giant, Anta Sports Products for copyright infringement.
The plaintiff alleges that the defendant has been producing a similar-looking school bags made by Grown Up.
The plaintiff slams the defendant with three different lawsuits in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen for copyright infringement by copying the appearance of three of Grown Up’s distinctive red and blue schoolbags without authorization.
The Chief Executive of Grown Up, Alvin Ip Tze-fai stated that “Usually it is the small company copying the designs of a large firm. There are already some people who think we have copied the design from Anta, but we have all the evidence to prove that it is the other way around”.
Alvin reportedly stated that it is not just about money but it is more about their reputation they have painfully built overtime.
Alvin finds it shocking to see a big company like Anta, who was an apparel sponsor of the Chinese Olympic team in 2016 copying their design.
Grown Up bags have been on sale since 2017 and have earned recognition from the American Chiropractic Association for protecting the backs’ of school-going children and have since been patented.
The plaintiff MoonRock-branded schoolbags sport are sold between 700 yuan (US$104.5) and 800 yuan on the mainland but the similar bags offered by Anta are sold at 200 to 300 yuan.
The plaintiff alleges that the infringement has caused damages, confusion and unfair completion while seeking jury, injunction and payment of damages plus other benefits as the court deem fit.