The LEGO Group file civil action against Lepin

The LEGO Community Engagement Team, via the LEGO Ambassador Network, has confirmed that the LEGO Group are taking legal action against knock-off manufacturer Lepin. The company, for a number of years, has been producing  products that based on LEGO designs, getting more brazen over time in how closely box art and content are copied. The case is going through the Chinese courts, and will indicate how successful the LEGO Group might be in shutting down companies infringing its intellectual property.

We would like to confirm that the LEGO Group have recently filed civil actions in China against the manufacturer and distributor of LEPIN/?? branded construction toys. Our cases have been accepted by Chinese courts and are now pending for trials. We expect the 1st instance decision to be handed down in approximately one years’ time. Please note that LEPIN will not be legally barred from marketing and selling its products while the case is being heard by the courts.

We deeply appreciate and share the LEGO community’s concern and frustration about passing-off or imitation of LEGO® products. We are committed to do whatever necessary to protect the LEGO brand and products against undue exploitation, and to minimize the risk of consumers being misled via improper use of LEGO Group intellectual property assets.

Graham

Graham was the BrickFanatics.com Editor up until November 2020. He has plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. Follw Graham on Twitter @grahamh100.

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