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Motorola victorious in copycat phone case

TWO copycat cell phone sellers have been ordered to pay 50,000 yuan (US$7,657) in compensation to Motorola Mobility Inc for trademark infringement.

The case indicates business operators who lend their license to counterfeit sellers are also responsible for trademark violations, Yangpu District People's Court judges said.

Motorola said its attorney bought a copycat, or shanzhai, Motorola Aura mobile phone for 700 yuan (US$107) from a stall at Shanghai Longxiao Telecom Products Market on Tianmu Road W. in November 2009. He also picked up a name card for the stallholder surnamed Zhang.

The retail price of a genuine Motorola Aura phone was 14,600 yuan at that time, according to the plaintiff.

Motorola asked for 500,000 yuan in compensation.

Meanwhile, Nokia won 120,000 yuan in compensation from Wuxi Jinyue Technology Co Ltd, according to a ruling from Pudong New Area People's Court.

Jinyue printed Nokia Egypt on LCD television frames it produced last June.

Nokia said the logo would mislead consumers into thinking the frames were made by the mobile phone maker.


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