The Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) recently issued a ruling supporting a claim made by Li Yundi, an internationally famous Chinese pianist. The ruling reversed an earlier decision of the TRAB.
Li came to public attention in 2000 as an 18-year-old gold medallist at the International Chopin Piano Competition held in Warsaw. (See China Business Law Journal volume 2 issue 3, page 68, Li Yundi: dispute over a famous person’s name.)
In 2006 Li commissioned an IP agency to apply for the cancellation of a trademark of the name Yundi and an associated design. The trademark and design had been registered by a private business with which Li Yundi had no connection.