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Operation Smile Wins Hong Kong Trademark Lawsuit


Hong Kong – Operation Smile, Inc., an international medical charity, confirmed ownership of its Hong Kong trademark rights and successfully enjoined use of its trademarks by a former local licensee in an order issued in late November by the High Court of Hong Kong. Judgment was awarded to Operation Smile on all counts of its Statement of Claim, as well as recovery of Operation Smile’s costs and fees.

The Court recognized that Operation Smile’s goodwill in its “Operation Smile” trademark and globe logo “has been established by the considerable number of healthcare examinations and charity funded surgeries for children born with facial defects.”

Operation Smile was represented by its outside counsel team from Troutman Sanders, which included Michael Hobbs in Atlanta, Eric Szweda in Hong Kong and Erik Porcaro in Virginia Beach, as well as in-house General Counsel Pamela Bowles in Virginia Beach and Hong Kong barrister Douglas Clark.

About Operation Smile
Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities. It is one of the oldest and largest volunteer-based organizations dedicated to improving the health and lives of children worldwide through access to surgical care. Since 1982, Operation Smile has developed expertise in mobilizing volunteer medical teams to conduct surgical missions in resource-poor environments while adhering to the highest standards of care and safety. Operation Smile helps to fill the gap in providing access to safe, well-timed surgeries by partnering with hospitals, governments and ministries of health, training local medical personnel, and donating much-needed supplies and equipment to surgical sites around the world. Founded and based in Virginia, U.S., Operation Smile has extended its global reach to more than 60 countries through its network of credentialed surgeons, pediatricians, doctors, nurses, and student volunteers.

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