Companies seeking to protect copyrights and trademarks have long struggled with China. The United States has frequently bemoaned problems with piracy and counterfeiting in China in annual trade reports, as it did earlier this month.

So lawyers at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton had reason to celebrate when word came Monday that a Chinese court had confirmed a $1.7 million arbitration award for menswear fashion designer and client Joseph Abboud over the breach of a licensing agreement by China-based Judger Group Co., Ltd. According to Kilpatrick Townsend, the decision is believed to be one of the few rulings, if not the only one, where a Chinese court confirms a U.S. arbitration award.

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