Hermès trademark award noted as landmark case

Asia IP magazine has identified the Hermès Group’s successful trademark infringement action against a former saleswoman as a landmark intellectual property case in Taiwan for 2009.

In its February 2010 cover story, Asia IP details how Winkler Partners’ Christine Chen represented the Hermès Group before Taiwan’s Intellectual Property Court against the ex-saleswoman who sold fake Hermès bags to high-end Taiwanese consumers. The Intellectual Property Court awarded Hermès NTD256 million (c. USD7.7 million) in damages in April of 2009, the largest award ever for trademark infringement in Taiwan.

The case was also headline news in Taiwan’s Chinese-language media.