In January, wine seller Castel Freres SAS lost the latest battle in a decade-long dispute with a Chinese company over the KA SI TE (卡斯特) trademark in China. The Supreme People’s Court upheld a lower court’s ruling that the French company had infringed the mark owned by Shanghai-based wine distributor Panati Wine. However, the nation’s top court also threw out the Rmb33 million damage award made against Castel, reducing it to Rmb500,000 and leading some observers to characterise the decision as a win for Castel. In subsequent comments made to World Trademark Review, a representative for Panati emphasised the court’s affirmation that it is the rightful owner of the KA SI TE name.

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