XINHUA online
 Breaking News Support for Koizumi's cabinet surges 14.3 points: poll    Koizumi's cabinet resigns before special parliament session    Abbas, Mubarak to meet next week    Merkel reelected chief of conservative party    Iran threatens to quit NPT if referred to UNSC    Four US soldiers killed in western Iraq    
  About China
  CPC & Other Parties
  State Organs
  Local Leadership
  White Papers
  Major Projects
  English Websites
- Conferences & Exhibitions
- Investment
- Bidding
- Enterprises
- Policy update
- Technological & Economic Development Zones
Source Manufacturers and Suppliers from China and around the world
   News Photos Voice People BizChina Feature About us   
Clinton finds name on cover of condom packs
www.chinaview.cn 2005-09-21 09:55:53

    BEIJING, Sept. 21 -- Can Clinton overtake Trojan Horse?

    The former US president is known for many things among the Chinese public, including his sexual peccadilloes and promotion of AIDS awareness and prevention.

    But he may be surprised to know that his monicker is now being used as a brand name by a condom manufacturer in southern China - together with that of Monica Lewinsky, the White House intern with whom he had an affair.

    Guangzhou Haojian Biotech Company recently announced the launch of the Clinton and Lewinsky brands of condoms. General manager Liu Wenhua proudly declared that his was the first company in China to have registered an international celebrity's name as a trademark.

    No, he did not need to pay a single penny to use the names, he explained, because these are just "ordinary Western names" and having them as trademarks would not constitute an infringement on intellectual property rights.

    Both brands are for males, with the former priced at 29.8 yuan (US$3.7) for a pack of a dozen and the latter 18.8 yuan (US$2.3) a dozen. The "Clinton" is for the upscale market while the "Lewinsky" for the mass market, Liu elaborated.

    As if this were not enough to raise a few eyebrows, Liu claimed that since last April, when the company could legally use the former president's name, he had received an offer of 10 million yuan (US$1.23 million) from a Beijing company for a transfer of name rights. "I said 'No way.' We're not selling the brands for any price."

    The condom packet comes with a card inside - one side is a picture, in classic Chinese style, depicting an erotic pose, and on the other an adult-themed joke.

    One needs to buy 12 packs before collecting the whole set of cards. It is intended to publicize a "healthy adult culture" and "impart knowledge about sex and love," said Liu.

    Hu Bingguang, an official with the Administration of Press, Publication, Radio and Television of Guangzhou Municipality, said that it would be "inappropriate" for a vendor to enclose pornographic pictures. But if they were not for sale, it would be okay as long as the company files the card with his office. However, Hu remarked that he had never seen such a filing.

    Yao Jun, a Guangzhou-based attorney for H.J.M. International Law Offices, which specializes in intellectual property rights issues, doubts the claim that the two brands are registered.

    "Filing for registration and being registered are two different things."

    Yao told China Daily that the law stipulates that no trademark should violate public interest or the existing value system.

    "The Clinton and Lewinsky brands can be rejected on these grounds." Enditem

(Source: China Daily)

  Related Story
Shining Miss China
Indonesia gears up to contain bird flu
Sophie Marceau meets fans in Chengdu
- Hurricane Rita threatens US Gulf Coast
- OPEC ministers agree to offer extra oil
- US to pay rent for using Uzbek base
- Fed raises interest rate, signals more hikes
- More white-collar workers in China using illegal drugs
- Group photos: British Princess Anne visits China
- Clinton finds name on cover of condom packs
- Indonesia gears up to ward off spread of bird flu
- Merkel reelected chief of conservative party
- Hurricane Rita threatens US Gulf Coast
- Indonesian govt withdraws 4 army battalions from Aceh
- US to pay rent for using Uzbek base
- Palestinian PM says ready to resign over chaos
- IAEA board to vote on EU's resolution on Iran
- Putin says Russia will build stronger ties with Iran
- New tape shows London bombers stage "dummy run"
Copyright ©2003 Xinhua News Agency. All rights reserved.
Reproduction in whole or in part without permission is prohibited.