Yesterday, a hot topic about OFC (Obama Fried Chicken) spread on the Chinese Weibo (micro-blog). This is the name of a restaurant which was not yet open for business. President Obama’s cartoon portray is its logo. Regarding to this little-known restaurant, KFC China already issued a statement saying it has no association with “OFC” and the other party has already violated the trademark rights of KFC.
In posts about OFC on the Internet, many netizens joked that “United States President Barack Obama OFC Beijing flagship restraint is opening soon”. Some netizens pointed out that it is a Shanzhai version of KFC, using Obama’s picture as the logo is quite creative.
Yesterday afternoon, reporter went to this restaurant in person. This restaurant is located near Beijing Aerospace City College campus, a very simple room, with blue steel plate roof top and about 40 – 50 square meters. The store door was locked, you can see the inside through the glass doors. There is only one table, on which stood some hamburger and fried chicken picture advertisements. Inside walls are painted pink. This store’s logo is basically similar to KFC, red and white, but with Colonel’s head replaced with President Obama.
A fruit stand owner next to OFC told the reporter that he knows the store owners very well, they are 4-5 students from Beijing City College, and they often borrowed stuff from him. The restaurant is expected to open on October 8. Now is China’s national holiday (National day 10/1), the students have all gone home.
Many students at the Beijing Aerospace City College know about OFC. Number of students have also confirmed that the shop is really owned by students from their school, even the pictures on the Internet were posted by them.
To OFC the current KFC China has issued a statement in English saying KFC has no relationship with “OFC”, and “OFC” has already violated Kentucky’s trademark, they will take legal measures.
KFC Beijing branch said they did not know about this and will report to the responsible person for investigation.
As to KFC’s statement, some netizens expressed support, but there were a lot of people saying they have over-reacted, the students starting their own business, and it is very creative, KFC is being too serious.