Date
19 January 2017
The Cantonese names of St. Hilary's Primary School and the German Swiss International School sound the same. Photos: EdB.HKedCity.net,  Facebook/St. Hilary's
The Cantonese names of St. Hilary's Primary School and the German Swiss International School sound the same. Photos: EdB.HKedCity.net, Facebook/St. Hilary's

International school sues local group over use of similar name

The German Swiss International School has sued a local educational institution for allegedly using a similar name with the intention of misleading the public, Apple Daily reports.

In a civil case filed with the High Court, the 45-year-old international school said the local institution runs St. Hilary’s Education Limited, St. Hilary’s School Limited and St. Hilary’s Kindergarten (Hung Hom) Limited, which are collectively called as The St. Hilary’s (德萃), pronounced as “tak shui” in Cantonese.

It alleged that the local institution, which was established only about a year ago, used a name that closely resembles that of the international school when spoken in Cantonese, to make it appear that the two schools are related when they are not, Sing Tao Daily reported.

It is clearly an attempt to confuse or deceive the public, the plaintiff said.

The 45-year-old international school, run by The German Swiss International School Foundation Limited and The German Swiss International School Association Limited, is known in the territory as German Swiss (德瑞) in short and is also pronounced as “tak shui” in Cantonese.

It said parents and members of the public in general have been calling to enquire whether the international institution is affiliated with St. Hilary’s.

As early as October last year, the international school said, it has notified the local school – in particular, Terry Tsui Yun-yung, the founder and board chairman of St. Hilary’s School and St. Hilary’s Kindergarten – about its complaint.

In its reply, St. Hilary’s said it did not know about the similarity in the Chinese names of the two institutions.

But the German Swiss International School noted that the school supervisor of St. Hilary’s is Terence Chang, the retired headmaster of Diocesan Boys’ School, and it is hard to believe that he has no knowledge of the similarity in the names of both institutions, the complaint said.

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