Bruce Lee’s daughter sues fast food chain for millions for using star’s image

Late kung fu master’s estate seeking £23m in compensation

Brenda Goh
Friday 27 December 2019 09:58 GMT
Chain says they have had the logo for 15 years and its use has been approved by relevant authorities
Chain says they have had the logo for 15 years and its use has been approved by relevant authorities (AFP)

A firm run by the daughter of Bruce Lee has sued a Chinese fast food chain for using the late kung fu star’s image in its logo without permission and is seeking over 210m yuan (£23m) in compensation, Chinese media outlet The Paper reported.

California-based Bruce Lee Enterprises, whose head is Shannon Lee, filed the case against the Real Kung Fu chain in a Shanghai court on Wednesday, requesting that the food firm stop using the image and pay an additional 88,000 yuan (£9,600) to cover legal expenses.

It also asked that the Guangzhou-based chain to issue clarifications for 90 days to say that it has nothing to do with Lee.

Real Kung Fu, which sells rice bowls with Chinese dishes, was founded in 1990 and has outlets in over 57 Chinese cities.

Its logo is of a man dressed in a yellow long-sleeved top whose looks and stance are similar to Lee and his famed “ready to strike” pose.

Real Kung Fu on its Weibo account on Thursday said it was “puzzled” by the lawsuit as it had used that logo for the last 15 years.

It said that while there had been some issues in the past, its use of the logo was approved by national authorities.

The filing of the case comes as China has pledged to improve protection for intellectual property rights and apply stiffer penalties, one of the key topics in Beijing’s trade dispute with the United States.


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