New Balance has won another trademark lawsuit in China against New Barlun, a footwear maker based in Fujian, and its distributor Shanghai Shiyi Trade. The Shanghai Huangpu District Court awarded New Balance 25 million renmimbi (€3.2m-$3.9m) in damages on Jan. 5. According to the Financial Times, it is one of the largest sums ever awarded in a trademark lawsuit in a Chinese court. The case was brought by New Balance against New Barlun for allegedly copying its “N” logo. According to the Shanghai court, New Barlun’s “N” logo indeed violated New Balance’s trademark rights because it was both “visually and conceptually” similar to the original. Furthermore, the Chinese company ignored a previous interim injunction that ordered it to cease production and manufacturing, meaning it acted in bad faith, the court argued. The two defendants have been selling copies of New Balance goods at less than half the genuine versions from the American brand. New Balance’s litigation counsel in the civil claim was Lusheng, a Chinese law firm. The recent ruling is only the latest in a 17-year-old legal battle between New Balance and New Barlun. Last year, the Shanghai Pudong District Court ordered New Barlun to pay New Balance RMB10.8 million (€1.4m-$1.7m) in damages for a similar infringement.