Beijing Times, 1/27/11
Shenzhen-based internet company Tencent (0700.HK) recently filed suit against Beijing-based telecommunications value-added services provider Bewinner Communications (002148.SZ), alleging that Bewinner had illegally distributed and charged for installations of Tencent's QQ Dou Dizhu card game for mobile phones. Tencent is demanding that Bewinner cease its infringement, issue an apology, and pay RMB 1 mln in compensation. The Fengtai District People's Court in Beijing accepted the case for review yesterday, and is currently in the pre-trial mediation stage of proceedings.
Tencent alleges that it discovered in July 2010 that Bewinner was distributing the mobile game QQ Dou Dizhu over the internet, and was charging users RMB 4 per installation. The game not only advertised itself as being completely identical to Tencent's offering, but also made use of Tencent IP and trademarks in the game interface, icons, player avatars, backgrounds, and other locations throughout the application.