By Scott E. Foster, Kathy Tran

On July 30, 2018, after a 15-day trial in the British Columbia Supreme Court, Mr. Justice Sewell issued Reasons for Judgment in a trademark infringement and passing off claim brought by two Royal Pacific companies against a former sales agent, Vinh Phat Steven Dong, and two companies owned and controlled by Mr. Dong.

The Royal Pacific Plaintiffs have been in the real estate industry in Vancouver since the mid-1990s and have had enormous success. For example, in 2016, they arranged $15 billion of sales. As a result, the Royal Pacific trademark and the name ROYAL PACIFIC have become well known in Vancouver in connection with real estate related services.