The National Palace Museum has registered its taotie emblem in China and pledged to take legal action against any illegal use of the trademarked design, the museum said in a statement released on Tuesday.
The museum said it would defend its rights in China according to the Chinese Copyright Act and the Anti-Unfair Competition Act on a case-by-case basis against any group that publishes unauthorized museum material or counterfeit museum products in China.
The museum is to crack down on counterfeiters of its products in China, the statement said.
The museum said that it has registered its emblem and name as trademarked entities in the EU, the US, Canada, South Korea, Russia, New Zealand and Australia.
The trademarked symbol consists of the museum’s taotie emblem — a zoomorphic mask — and its full name in both Chinese and English.
In China, the emblem has been registered as a trademark, but the application for registration of the name with the emblem remains under review, the museum said.
In other news, the museum apologized to the public after water leaked into its newly opened southern branch in Chiayi County over the weekend.
The museum’s southern branch had a soft opening on Monday last week.
The museum said rainwater penetrated the glass wall of the new building’s lobby on Sunday, adding that it immediately informed the Construction and Planning Agency.
It also contacted architectural and construction companies involved in the building of the Taibao City (太保) branch to conduct an inspection, it said.
However, because exhibition spaces were not affected, the museum remains open to visitors, the museum said.
National Palace Museum Director Feng Ming-chu (馮明珠) said that she has instructed the contractors to make improvements.
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