City and Magazine Battle for Trademark

City and Magazine Battle for Trademark


Many Chinese people, especially women and youngsters, link the word Ruili with the renowned Chinese fashion magazine Rayli instead of the Chinese city with the same name. Now, the city government wants to change that.

Ruili is a Chinese trademark used by Rayli Group, who owns the Rayli-series of magazines including Rayli Fashion, Rayli Beauty and Rayli Luxury. Founded in 1995, the publishing house now has a large influence in fashion circles.

The government of Ruili in China's southwestern Yunnan province announced that it wants to try to compete with the magazine for the ownership of the trademark to help build a city brand image at a seminar about intellectual property protection and city brand value, China News Service reported.

Ruili borders Myanmar to the northwest, southwest and southeast, and shares a nearly 170-km border with the foreign country. The city was one of the first three national key pilot zones to test reform and opening-up policies, with two first-class national open ports, two national border economic cooperation zones and a free trade area.

With the development of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar economic corridor and the ongoing implementation of the "Belt and Road" Initiative, Ruili's advantages in geographic location and policies became more obvious to the world and the region gained a stronger reputation. The trademark issue, however, has a big negative impact on the further advertising and promotion of the city brand, local officials said.

According to the trademark law, the geographical names of the administrative divisions at or above the county level should not be used as trademarks, but those geographical names with other meanings or those that serve as a component of a collective mark or certification mark should be exclusive.

Source: China Daily

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