Dolls re­moved from Palace Mu­seum shop

China Daily European Weekly - - BUSINESS -

The Palace Mu­seum has re­moved a line of pop­u­lar dolls from its flag­ship on­line Taobao store to avoid in­fringe­ment risks. Pretty Gege, a line of fe­male dolls dressed in Qing Dy­nasty (1644-1911) cos­tumes, were re­moved from the store last week af­ter ne­ti­zens raised doubts about the prod­ucts’ orig­i­nal­ity. It is claimed that the dolls have a shape that is sim­i­lar to a line of Ja­panese prod­ucts. The Palace Mu­seum said in an of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment that it owns the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights to the doll’s fa­cial designs, cos­tumes, hairstyles and spe­cial shoes. How­ever, the doll’s body was pro­vided by a com­pany that was autho­rized to use a patented struc­ture de­sign. Ob­servers said the re­moval shows the Palace Mu­seum’s pru­dence in deal­ing with IP risks.

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