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September 24, 2021

The court said the expressions are too generic

Sands not allowed to register Cotai trademarks

(Macau).- The Court of Second Instance rejected Las Vegas Sands’s attempts to register “Cotai Strip CotaiExpo” and “Cotai Strip CotaiArena” as trademarks. Local newspaper Jornal Tribuna de Macau quoted two judgments that say both the expressions ‘Cotai’ and ‘Cotai strip’ stand for a specific area of the city where gaming, hotel and entertainment activities are being developed.


he court said the expressions are too generic and fail to distinguish Las Vegas Sands from other companies that could produce or sell the same goods. The judgments do not disclose which companies are involved in the dispute. 

However, Business Daily reported last week that Melco Crown Entertainment was fighting Sands in court over the trademark “Cotai Strip CotaiTravel”.

Las Vegas Sands is the parent company of Macau-based Sands China.

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