Tencent beats pirates in Indonesia

China's Tencent, operator of the QQ instant messaging service, has brought a cancelation action against a local trade mark owner, Susanto. Tencent owned some class 9 and 38 registrations. Susanto had registered several marks that were similar and identical: QQ, QQ KIU KIU and QIU QIU. Tencent claimed they were made in bad faith and blocked their own new applications.

The Central Jakarta Commercial Court and later the Supreme Court found in favour of Tencent. A straightforward case perhaps? Given the brand is well known only really in Greater China, maybe not so. But great that Chinese companies are asserting rights and the Jakarta courts are making good, clear, sensible decisions.