Japan Cutlet Chain and S. Korean Restaurant Settle

JAPAN - Yabaton, a Japanese pork cutlet restaurant chain, has settled with a South Korean restaurant over trademark violation dispute, President Takayuki Suzuki said Thursday.
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Suzuki on Wednesday concluded a contract in Daejeon, South Korea, with the South Korean pork cutlet restaurant to take over its trademark rights.

According to Suzuki and other sources, the South Korean restaurant put Yabaton's logo on its signs and used the same Yabaton pig character and registered them as its trademarks. Yabaton, based in the central Japan city of Nagoya and known for pork cutlets with miso sauce, filed a petition against the move with South Korean patent authorities in February.

Since little progress was made, the company filed for an injunction with South Korea's fair trade commission against the use of Yabaton's trademarks on July 7.

Under the settlement, the South Korean restaurant will remove the signboard within three months and change its name, while Yabaton will withdraw the injunction application.

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