Shanghai-Based Genitop Loses Trademark Battle with Qualcomm

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The Higher People’s Court of Shanghai earlier this week rejected the case filed by a Chinese semiconductor company, Genitop, alleging that U.S. based Qualcomm Incorporated infringed on its trademark rights. Genitop claimed that by using the Chinese phrase “Gaotong” (which translates as high communication) in its Chinese company name and product brand, Qualcomm infringed its trademark. Genitop filed the lawsuit in April 2014.

Genitop stated that the Gaotong trademark in Chinese characters was registered in 1992, the year the semiconductor company was established.  Genitop accused Qualcomm of using exactly the same Chinese characters for Gaotong as its trademark in advertising after entering the Chinese market.

The Court said the lawsuit by Genitop lacked factual and legal bases and aswell the court put off the demand laid on Qualcomm and its two Chinese subsidiaries to pay 100 million yuan (15 million U.S. dollars) in compensation and for a ban on the use of the phrase Gaotong. The court added that Qualcomm’s products and services, including mobile phone chips, which were accused of trademark infringement, are not similar to those using the name Gaotong produced by Genitop.

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Nathaniel is a News Reporting Intern at Nigerian Law Intellectual Property Watch (NLIPW). He has a passion for writing, capacity building and social media marketing. He is a graduate of Federal University of Technology, Minna, where he graduated with BTECHAGRIC. He is a member of Soil Science Society of Nigeria (SSSN) and the National Union of Campus Journalist (NUCJ). Nathaniel has served as Editor-in-Chief for a number of magazines and as a contributor to various online repositories. Email: