Lifetime Products Pursues Alleged Chinese/Philippine Trademark Copyists

May 24, 2011, 18:02 ET from Lifetime Products

CLEARFIELD, Utah, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Lifetime Products, a world leader in blow-molded folding tables and chairs, recently took action to enforce its trademark rights in China against Hangzhou Xiaoshan Dadongnan Packing Plastic Co.,Ltd./Zhejiang Lifan Furniture Company, Ltd. (Dadongnan). 

Lifetime obtained information that suggested that Dadongnan was manufacturing tables and chairs that included the Lifetime name and logo. Lifetime has long-standing trademark rights to its name and logo in China.

With the assistance from its counsel in China and Chinese authorities, Lifetime detained a container of Dadongnan goods that was being shipped to the Philippines. Lifetime confirmed that these goods included the Lifetime name and logo. Based on that evidence, and at Lifetime's request, Chinese authorities conducted an inspection of the factory believed to be producing the goods, seizing additional infringing products from the factory. The Chinese Administration of Industry and Commerce is now conducting an investigation to determine what action will be taken against Dadongnan.

In conjunction with this action in China, Lifetime also took action against a retailer selling goods that included its trademark based on unfair competition. Lifetime contacted the Philippine National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) based on information obtained through a separate investigation in Manila. The NBI opened a criminal investigation and conducted a raid of Cost U Less Trade Ventures.* The NBI removed a total of 297 folding tables and chairs, and with assistance from Lifetime, is continuing its investigation and prosecution of Cost U Less.

As both a manufacturer and innovator, Lifetime has a long history of enforcing its intellectual property rights in the United States and other countries throughout the world.

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*Cost U Less Trade Ventures is not affiliated with Cost U Less, Inc. or The Northwest Company, Inc.

About Lifetime and Lifetime Folding Tables and Chairs

Established in 1986, Lifetime Products is a privately held company headquartered in Clearfield, Utah. Lifetime is the world's largest manufacturer of blow-molded polyethylene folding tables, picnic tables and chairs, and residential basketball hoops with products sold in 58 countries. In 1995, Lifetime Products invented the first blow-molded polyethylene tabletop- a picnic table that was stronger, lighter, and more durable than traditional picnic tables. In 1998 Lifetime introduced the first blow-molded polyethylene folding banquet table.

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