Matthew Dresden in The New York Times

Whatever rights the Russian company had or didn’t have are what Xintong Tiandi bought, Mr. Dresden said. “For better or worse that’s what they purchased,” he added. “In the logic of how the Chinese trademark system works, it makes sense that it should be viewed as what was the state of the world at the time that it was filed.”

“I don’t see this as the Chinese court being biased; I see it as them enforcing the trademark law as it is currently implemented,” Mr. Dresden wrote later in an email.