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Chinese domain market sales : A $15 million lawsuit by Under Armour

Chinese domain sales report.

Chinese domain sales report.

We experienced “Chinese ingenuity” at work, when a few months ago noted the launch of “Uncle Martian,” an obscurely-named sports apparel brand from China.

The Uncle Martian – what a name – brand seemed to copy the famous Under Armour logo, and there are allegations of further trademark infringement to be told.

With that in mind, Under Armour filed a $15 million dollar lawsuit against Uncle Martian, accusing the Chinese company of plagiarism:

“Uncle Martian’s use of Under Armour’s famous logo, name, and other intellectual property are a serious concern and blatant infringement. Under Armour will vigorously pursue all business and legal courses of action,” Erick Haskell, managing director of Under Armour Greater China, said in a statement.

Very shocking, yet not surprising.

Meanwhile, the Chinese domain sales market is keeping its safe horizontal line for the past several weeks; the expected growth has subsided, and we are definitely monitoring such changes closely.

It seems that domain Chips still sell, but prices average $1,600 – if that.

We keep track of short domain sales, between 2 to 4 characters in the .CN, .COM and .NET TLDs.

Here is today’s list of domains that changed ownership:

mkx.cn
961.net
bljs.com
gdxy.com
hszz.com
jnkk.com
jrpf.com
nqbc.com
qnxj.com

Yesterday, we shared the news of two major Chinese geodomains that changed hands; today, another huge Chinese geodomain joins the club:

Guangdong.com

Guangdong is China’s most populous province, with 79 million inhabitants. Definitely a solid geodomain in China.


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