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September 18, 2021

Over the words “Cotai Strip”

Melco Crown and Sands fight over Cotai trademarks

(Macau).- In an judgement handed down on April 25 but made public last week, the Court of Second Instance has sided with Melco Crown Entertainment and rejected Sands’ attempt to register the “Cotai Strip CotaiTravel” as a trademark, Business Daily reports.


he court said the expression is “ambiguous, generic and indefinite” and that it failed to distinguish Las Vegas Sands from other companies “that could produce or sell the same goods”.

In December 2011, the Economic Services Bureau approved the application by Las Vegas Sands to register “Cotai Strip CotaiTravel” as a trademark, but Melco Crown Entertainment objected, taking its case to the Court of First Instance.

The Court of First Instance upheld the objection, and the Economic Services Bureau and Las Vegas Sands appealed against this ruling. Las Vegas Sands is the parent company of Macau-based Sands China.


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