Bruce Lee Enterprises, a California-based company run by Bruce Lee’s Daughter, Shannon Lee, has alleged that Real Kungfu, Zhen Gong Fu in Chinese, has used an image of Bruce Lee for its logo without permission.
The company that owns the image rights of Bruce Lee demands a compensation payment of 210 million yuan ($30 million) and the removal of the image. The actor and martial artist died in 1973. A Shanghai court will now have to rule on the case. The restaurant chain published a statement on its official Weibo account, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, which said it was “perplexed” by the lawsuit.
“The Real Kungfu chain’s logo is one that the company had applied for and obtained after a rigorous screening by the national trademark agency, we have already been using this for 15 years,” the statement said. “We are very surprised that we are now being sued after so many years, and we are currently actively studying the case and preparing our response to the demand.”
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