Press Release

“NSK” recognized as well-known trademark in China

Awarded Trademark Invalidation Ruling Certificate No. 10504647 for “NSK”

NSK Ltd. (NSK; Headquarters: Tokyo, Japan; President and CEO: Toshihiro Uchiyama) has successfully acquired well-known trademark status for the registered trademark “NSK” in China. The China Trademark Office Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) recognized “NSK” as a well-known trademark on January 12, 2018, with the conferral of Trademark Invalidation Ruling Certificate No. 10504647 for “NSK”.

The TRAB recognized that “NSK” should be protected as a well-known trademark in light of factors such as widespread use and publicity of the trademark in a diverse range of formats and media, geographical sales range (in many provinces and cities around the country), and pervasive awareness of the trademark in related industry markets.

The well-known trademark status affords expanded protections for NSK in China that go beyond the standard protections of registered trademarks. This will expedite the removal of infringing and unauthorized usage, and help prevent illegitimate registration of “NSK” by third parties, thereby strengthening NSK brand protection in China.

Certification of “NSK” as a well-known trademark was awarded in recognition of our activities as a company operating in China, and in recognition of efforts to protect the NSK brand within the country. NSK will continue efforts to protect customers through anti-counterfeit initiatives.