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Disney’s Intellectual Property Rights Infringed by Chinese Theme Park

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Fake Disneyland2As a Florida patent attorney with 3 kids dragging me to Orlando regularly to visit Mickey, I found this AP News Alert of special interest.  The Shijingshan Amusement Park in Beijing, China, is having to explain why their round-eared mouse dancing with kids is not a knock off of Disney’s Mickey Mouse according to an AP News Alert issued Wednesday, May 9, 2007.  According to the article, they also happen to have a "raven-haired" woman with seven men in elf suits.

Many see the Beijing theme park as evidence of rampant Chinese copying of U.S. intellectual property.  According to the article, the industry group – International Intellectual Property Alliance – estimated losses to Chinese piracy of books, films, music and software last year at $2.2 billion.  Beijing has penalties for violators of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other intellectual property but infringement is allegedly growiing faster than enforcement.

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