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The Macau Metro Monitor, May 20, 2013

SJM'S COTAI PROJECT TO MERGE WITH ANGELA LEONG'S THEME PARK Macau Daily Times

Angela Leong, the Managing Director of SJM, says SJM Cotai will not only include the government granted 74,000 square meters, but will total 250,000 square meters after combining with her privately-owned land lot nearby.  "The land grant [of my own project] next to the SJM project has already been approved [by the government]...The project [on Leong’s land] will have a 4D theme park as I mentioned earlier and a budget hotel, as well as a children’s wonderland and other facilities," she said.  She stressed the theme park doesn’t include any gaming facilities. 

Angela estimated her project to cost around MOP10BN to be completed after 2017.  Although the two land plots are separated by a road, she said they will be technically combined after constructing connections between them.

MELCO CROWN AND SANDS FIGHT OVER COTAI TRADEMARKS Macau Business

LVS and MPEL are fighting in court over trademarks that use the words “Cotai Strip”.  In a judgement handed down on April 25 but made public last week, the Court of Second Instance has sided with MPEL and rejected Sands’ attempt to register the “Cotai Strip CotaiTravel” as a trademark.  The court said the expression is “ambiguous, generic and indefinite” and that it failed to distinguish LVS from other companies “that could produce or sell the same goods”.

In December 2011, the Economic Services Bureau approved the application by LVS to register “Cotai Strip CotaiTravel” as a trademark, but MPEL objected, taking its case to the Court of First Instance.  The Court of First Instance upheld the objection, and the Economic Services Bureau and LVS appealed against this ruling.