U.S. News | Court Grants Preliminary Injunction against SinCo Electronics for Trademark Infringement

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A Singaporean company, SinCo Technologies, obtained a motion for a preliminary injunction against a Chinese company, SinCo Electronics (Dongguan) on claims of trademark infringement.

SinCo Technologies sued SinCo Electronics alleging that the defendant used SinCo’s logo and name without authorization.

A 12-page order was issued by the U.S. District Judge Edward Chen on the bench of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. An injunction order was issued in the lawsuit filed by SinCo Technologies against SinCo Electronics (Dongguan).

According to the court ruling, SinCo Singapore gave permission to use its word mark and logo due to contract manufacturing relationship between both parties.

The relationship was truncated when the majority shareholder of SinCo China decided to sell his shares in SinCo China.

Ng Cher Yong and Mark Liew, who were former employees of SinCo Singapore stated that while they were working for the plaintiff, they tried to steal the plaintiff customers for SinCO China even after leaving the plaintiff employment.

In his ruling, Judge Chen stated that the defendant as well as those acting in concert with them are barred from using the terms ‘SinCo’ or ‘SinCoo’ in word mark or logo.

He added that the defendant is permitted to use the term ‘XingKe’ (including in any logo) so long as they include a disclaimer that Defendants are not affiliated in any way with SinCo Singapore.

Chen also ordered that SinCo China adopt both oral and written disclaimers regarding the trademark.

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SinCo Technologies Vs SinCo Electronics

Court – U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

# Case – 3:17-cv-05517-EMC

Judge – Judge Edward Chen

Date of Court Judgment Issuance – October 30th

Cause – Infringement

Case – Trademark Infringement

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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: anathaniel@nlipw.com

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