Wednesday, 2 May 2012
Castel fined for infringing trademark rights of Robert Parker's 'new friend'
Wine Future HK: Daniel Li (Li Daozhi), Robert Parker and Pancho Campo MW
Last Friday Vitisphere carried the news that Castel Frères, the largest importers of French wine into China had been 4.12€ million for infringing the trademark rights of Daniel Li (Li Daozhi) of Caves Maître France. Back in 2000 the far-sighted Li Daozhi registered a series of prestigious wine trademarks in China like Castel, Lafite, Mouton, Penfold and Diageo. Although in the West one might view Daniel Li (Li Daozhi)'s action as name theft, in China a court has upheld his right to Castel's name. Castel are appealing against the verdict.