In 1891, just a few years after the game was invented in Springfield, Massachusetts (USA), YMCA missionaries introduced basketball to China. Over the last century, basketball has seeped into the fabric of Chinese lives and has been described as perhaps the only true national sport that brings together all people of all backgrounds. According to figures provided by the Chinese Basketball Association in 2012, an estimated 300 million people in China (roughly equivalent to the entire population of the United States) play the sport.
Given China’s national obsession with basketball, it should come as no surprise that international sports brands have tried to capitalise on this booming market. However, like many other foreign companies in China, sportswear companies have faced a number of legal challenges when trying to protect their brands against so-called trade mark squatters. Our On China piece discusses recent decisions handed down by the Supreme People’s Court in one such trade mark battle involving Michael Jordan, a famous US basketball star, who has a lucrative endorsement contract with Nike Inc, which makes Air Jordan shoes, and QIAODAN Sports Co., Ltd.
Elsewhere in our February issue, the Regulatory feature highlights key points to keep in mind with respect to Hong Kong reporting requirements when structuring delisting deals for dual-listed companies in Hong Kong. The Dispute Resolution article discusses Compania Sud Americana De Vapores S.A. v Hin-Pro International Logistics Ltd (FACV 1/2016, 14 November 2016), a case in which the Court of Final Appeal considered for the first time the jurisdiction of the Hong Kong Court pursuant to s. 21M of the High Court Ordinance (Cap. 4) to grant free-standing Mareva relief in aid of foreign proceedings. This article may be of interest because it offers a contrasting view to that presented in CFA Confirms Relief in Aid of Overseas Protection, an insight that appeared in the January 2017 issue.
Also of interest may be our Aside piece, which recounts many fascinating stories of Hong Kong’s legal profession’s often forgotten past, and the Leisure article, which highlights a number of pieces from Rising Above: The Kinsey African American Art & History Exhibition that runs until 26 February at HKU’s Museum and Art Gallery.
Finally, the Hong Kong Lawyer team would like to extend our warmest wishes to you for a prosperous and fulfilling Year of the Rooster! Kung Hey Fat Choy!