China GDC? GDC China? Ehh?

by Darius Kazemi on April 9, 2009

in business,conferences,law,politics

There is some crazy shit going on right now in the form of a dispute between China GDC and GDC China. (The latter is run by Think Services, the people who run GDC, the former is run by a different group based in China.)

Think Services sent out a cease-and-desist to some groups with the China GDC logo on their website due to China GDC trading under the GDC name, and now China GDC is accusing Think Services of infringing on their IP.

It’s a complex situation, and I have an incomplete understanding of the situation.  Making matters muddier is that it looks like Think Services was partnered with these folks for the first game-developers-conference-in-China (what that was called is also a matter of dispute apparently). Plus this brings in all the legal headaches attendant to any international endeavor: who owns the trademark where, is China GDC operating legally under Chinese law, etc. There’s a reason that Think Services sent a C+D to LOGIN, for example: at least LOGIN has to abide by U.S. law! Here are a few other sources:

And here is a really interesting recent press release from CGDC claiming Think Services is infringing on their IP (which they attempt to provide some proof of but I can’t really parse it because I can’t download the photos in question without some special registration). The press release is dripping with sarcasm. It’s kinda crazy.

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Yunpeng Tan April 10, 2009 at 7:03 am

You can see the pictures you want by this link and share your opinion about Chinagdc with me.

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