American shared-working space provide, WeWork, has filed a claim against rival Chinese company, UrWork . The case was filed in London on July 26, at the High Court of Justice’s Chancery Division using London-based law firm Mishcon de Reya LLP.
WeWork is accusing UrWork of infringing on its trademarks. and for passing-off. According to WeWork, its customers are confused and misinterpret their services as that of UrWork.
WeWork recently unveiled a deal to buy Singapore’s SpaceMob and open its first locations in Southeast Asia. In recent weeks, it announced a $500 million investment with Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp. and Hony Capital to expand its business in China — UrWork’s home turf.
UrWork is dominant on its home turf and preparing to accelerate its own international expansion by entering London, Singapore, New York and Los Angeles and also well-funded and popular at home having raised $236 million in the last three months alone. Apart from opening new locations, the Chinese company — backed by Sequoia Capital and a fund linked to billionaire Jack Ma’s Ant Financial — is also expanding into related lines of business such as legal services for startups. The two-year-old firm now has about 78 offices across 20 Chinese cities, while WeWork has just a handful of locations in Shanghai and Beijing, with several more on the drawing board.
UrWork has denied allegations that it is infringing on WeWorks’s rights adding that they have used their trademark for more than two years and the mark has become well-known.
The case is currently pending.