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    The LEGO VIP monthly mini model build instructions for November 2018 is now available! If you missed the event, you can use your own pieces to rebuild the creation. Pieces can also be obtained through the LEGO Store Pick a Brick Wall as well.

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    The LEGO Group is planning to launch STEAM courses for Chinese Schools and also create exclusive regional specific sets! The full press release can be found here.

    The LEGO Group announced today at the first China International Import Expo (CIIE) that it will launch its first elementary school STEAM* courses for Chinese students from next year, enabling local students to become active, collaborative learners and build 21st century skills.

    The Danish family-owned business also announced that its first-ever sets inspired by traditional new year festivals will be available in China and Asia Pacific markets from 1 January 2019. Niels B. Christiansen, Chief Executive Officer of the LEGO Group, said: “As a mission-driven business, we are committed to inspiring and developing children through creative play and learning. We are excited to announce these major launches for China at the CIIE, and our commitment to this strategic growth market and goals to provide the creative LEGO® play experience to the hands of more Chinese children remain unchanged.”

    The elementary school STEAM courses are the result of close collaboration between East China Normal University Press (ECNUP), LEGO Education and Chinese STEAM experts to ensure it complements existing courses. LEGO Education products including Simple Machines Set, Creative Suitcase, Space and Airport Set and Creative LEGO Brick Set are used in the courses to support teaching in an inspiring, engaging and effective way. Scheduled for test in primary schools in Shanghai later this month, the STEAM courses with consist of student textbooks and teacher guidebooks. It is be officially available from April 2019.

    LEGO Wins Lawsuit on Lepin in China

    The LEGO Group has successfully won a lawsuit on Lepin in China! Lepin imitates LEGO brand products and its good news that LEGO was able to succeed in the lawsuit.

    November 5, 2018: The LEGO Group today received a favourable decision from the Guangzhou Yuexiu District Court against four companies who infringed multiple copyrights of the LEGO Group and conducted acts of unfair competition by producing and distributing LEPIN building sets. It is another significant legal victory in China for the LEGO Group in its battle against imitators over the past two years.

    According to the decisions issued by the court, the four defendants, Shantou Meizhi Model Co., Ltd., et al, are liable for copying the 3-dimensional artworks of 18 LEGO® sets, multiple LEGO Minifigures, as well as for carrying out unfair competition acts.

    The court ordered, among other things, that the four defendants shall immediately cease producing, selling, exhibiting or in any way promoting the infringing products, and shall pay the LEGO Group approximately RMB 4.5 million as damages.

    Niels B. Christiansen, Chief Executive Officer of the LEGO Group said:

    “We welcome the court’s ruling. We believe these decisions are well-founded in the facts and the law, and clearly demonstrate the continued efforts of Chinese authorities to protect intellectual property. It also shows the authorities’ commitment to creating a fair business environment for all companies operating in China. The court’s decisions state that the LEPIN manufacturer and sellers must immediately cease copying the 18 LEGO sets that have been found protectable by the court. These rulings send a clear warning message to other companies who may be copying LEGO products. We will continue to take all necessary legal actions to protect our intellectual property rights.”

    Christiansen added: “When children and shoppers choose a LEGO product, they expect the highest quality and the safest play experience. We cannot have them being misled in any way. While we welcome fair competition, if someone misuses our intellectual property and seeks to take advantage of consumers’ trust, we will take action.”

    Over the past two years, the LEGO Group has obtained positive outcomes in its intellectual property enforcement actions in China. In October 2017, the LEGO Group won a case at Shantou Intermediate Court against BELA, a Chinese toy manufacturer, for infringing the copyrights of the LEGO Group and for unfair competition. In another case decided earlier in July 2017, the LEGO logo and the LEGO word mark were recognized by the Beijing Higher Court as “well-known” trademarks in China.

    Its almost Black Friday and the first LEGO Black Friday ad is out! Target USA will be offering the following three LEGO sets for $41.99 each (reg.$59.99) which works out to be 30% off. They will also have two video games on sale for $15 each. Black Friday 2018 sale prices are good for 3 days only from November 22-24. Thanks to forum member wiseple for the news.

    -LEGO Star Wars 75172 Y-Wing Starfighter $41.99 (reg.$59.99)
    -LEGO Ninjago 70613 Garma Mecha Man $41.99 (reg.$59.99)
    -LEGO Ninjago 70614 Lightning Jet $41.99 (reg.$59.99)
    -LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Video Game XBOX ONE $15
    -LEGO Jurassic World Video Game PS4 $15

    Spend $50 and you can also get a coupon for 20% off a future shopping trip in stores or online between November 27 to December 8.