China’s Trade Mark Office and its Trademark Rreveiw and Adjudication Board have issued new guidelines for the screening of new request for registration. They have also put out a list of approved trademarks on a website, which will be updated weekly. Meanwhile, European observers have appreciated the gesture of a Chinese court which ordered a rather symbolic fine of $13,000 against a local company for selling counterfeit merchandise under the Burberry, Chanel, Gucci and Prada brands in Beijing’s Silk Street mall. These five brands had requested damages of $200,000 against the offender, a company called Xiushui Hoosen Clothing Market Co.. They complain that the court’s decision has not been publicized. Another Chinese court has made a similar decision in favor of Starbucks, the American chain of coffee shops. Both sentences, which are subject to appeal, apparently follow intense lobbying by the French and U.S. governments. The latter had given China time until Jan. 23 that it was enforcing intellectual property rights before making a formal complaint to the World Trade Organization together with the governments of Japan and Switzerland.