Archives for January 2012
Dong-A Pencil Co., Ltd (“Dong-A”) is an established manufacturer of stationery and office supplies based in Seoul, Korea. Established in 1946, Dong-A has been producing writing instruments and the like for over 65 years, so the fact that its products are distributed throughout the world and have gained considerable repute should come as a surprise to few.
It is common in business that where there are successful products or services, competitors will be instantly attracted to the concept, like bees to honey, resulting in the establishment of businesses with similar or identical products or services, whether through legal or illegal means.
As consumer electronics giants Samsung and Apple engage in a global battle over infringement of each other’s computer tablet and smartphone patent portfolios, two Malaysian organizers of exhibitions for computer ware have engaged in a legal battle over the selection and use of a name for the trade fairs.
The Association of the Computer and Multimedia Industry of Malaysia (known as “PIKOM”), with a membership of over 1,400 members, has been organizing IT/computer fairs under the name in the country for 15 years.