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Getting a 3D mark in Vietnam – Overcoming refusals and an industrial design comparative.

The National Office of Intellectual Property in Vietnam (“NOIP”) has granted a significant number of trade mark registrations for 3D marks. Recently there are around 1-3 3D marks granted each month, but unfortunately there is no specific information on the number of 3D marks in Vietnam to date. In comparison with other non-traditional signs such

Opening the door for product placement in Hong Kong?

On 4 September 2017, the Communications Authority of Hong Kong (“CA“) announced that it will review the relevant provisions in the codes of practice governing indirect advertising and product/service sponsorship (commonly known as “product placement”) in television programmes. Currently, the rules for television advertising are contained in the Generic Code of Practice on Television Advertising

First Cyberspace Court set up in China: the Chinese judiciary enters the digital age

China’s first Cyberspace Court was inaugurated on Friday 18 August in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Going forward, this new court will handle all internet-related disputes in all districts of Hangzhou through a fully digitalized, online procedure. The establishment of a specialized cyberspace court in China’s internet capital Hangzhou is an encouraging step for the Chinese internet

China launches its annual piracy crackdown campaign: focus on online piracy of films and TV programs

China’s State Intellectual Property Office has recently announced, in a joint declaration with three other ministerial bodies, the launch of its annual online piracy crackdown campaign called the “Red Shield Net Sword Campaign” (红盾网剑专项行动). This year’s crackdown campaign promises to take a heavy hand against the unauthorized online distribution of films, TV programs and other

Major IP reforms foreshadowed in China’s Pharma sector.

On 12 May 2017, the Chinese Food and Drug Administration (the “CFDA”) issued several draft policies aimed at overhauling of the current regulations governing the Chinese pharma and medical device sector (the “Draft Policies”). Amongst the Draft Policies, those outlined in Circular No.55 would, if implemented, establish a more robust patent linkage system, a more

China: Cybersquatter asks Chinese court to declare its own domain names invalid

The Beijing Haidian District People’s Court has recently heard a case in which a domain name registrant requested the court to declare its domain name registration contracts invalid. In this somewhat unusual case, the court granted this request concluding that the object of the agreement was cyber-squatting, thereby cancelling dozens of squatted domain names. The

China’s OEM jurisprudence 1.5 years after the Pretul case: OEM use may still infringe upon Chinese trademarks

Original equipment manufacturing (OEM) is a business model whereby a trademark owner orders its products from a manufacturer, often located abroad, who manufactures and supplies products branded with the purchasers marks instead of his own marks. In China, which is often branded “the factory of the world”, OEM is big business. However, from a trademark

A step in the right direction: China’s TRAB launches new trademark review hearing system

Under the Chinese Trademark Law, the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (“TRAB“) decides on review procedures filed against decisions by the Trademark Office. Up to date, these TRAB review procedures were strictly written procedures. Even though the possibility of holding a hearing was written into the existing legislation, hearings were in practice never held. This

Time to re-visit the 2-year time bar in a .CN complaint?

Unlike the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the CNNIC ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy (CNDRP)  – the dispute resolution policy governing the .CN domain in China – sets a time bar which stipulates that no complaints concerning a .CN (or “.中国”) registration over 2 years old will be accepted.  This time bar has in

Integrated IP Enforcement – A practical toolkit for Asia

The astonishing growth of Asian economies has led to companies in the region making enormous strides in commercialising and monetising their IP rights. However, the region presents unique risks and challenges in the protection of IP rights. In this context, we are delighted to announce the launch of our IP enforcement toolkit for Asia which we hope

China: Whose voice is it? – The arbitral award is out… but the case is not concluded…

The Hong Kong International Arbitration Center (“HKIAC”) has recently issued its final award in the trademark litigation saga surrounding “The Voice of China” – which we first discussed here. This case is high-profile and interesting, because it involves parallel arbitral and judicial procedures (including a rare preliminary injunction) about the ownership of the rights in

Vietnam: New rules for resolving .VN disputes

Vietnam has seen a rapid surge in internet use, having one of the highest rates of increase of annual Internet users in the world. According to the Vietnam Telecommunications Authority, 52% of the population (over 47.3 million people) are Internet users. .VN is the country-code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) for Vietnam. In terms of .VN

Beijing IP Court celebrates 2nd anniversary amidst praise for its professionalism, expertise regarding foreign litigation and higher damages for IP infringement

Founded as one of three specialised Chinese IP courts in 2014 (see here and here), the Beijing IP Court has just completed its second and most challenging year to date. According to a recent report, throughout 2016, the Court witnessed increasing amounts of high-tech cases, cases involving foreign entities, and cases in which enormous damage

New specialized IP Tribunals unveiled in economic powerhouses Wuhan, Nanjing, Suzhou and Chengdu.

Following the largely successful establishment of the specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou (see our articles here and here), the Chinese Supreme People’s Court has recently also given the green light for the establishment of specialized IP tribunals in large inland cities Wuhan, Nanjing, Suzhou and Chengdu. It is hoped that the establishment

Every cent counts: China slashes certain IP application fees as of 1 April

Reduced filing fees finally come to China! On 15 March 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission and Ministry of Finance jointly issued a notice (财税 [2017] No.20, “Notice”) to reduce filing fees for various IP registrations.  The reduced fees came into force on 1 April 2017. The reduced or waived administrative fees will certainly be beneficial for

“Swiss” certification mark opposition – Hong Kong court finds actual use likely to confuse

Hogan Lovells represented Federation of the Swiss Watch Industry FH (“Federation”) in a successful appeal against a decision of the Hong Kong Registrar of Trade Marks in an opposition involving the “Swiss” certification mark[1]. Importantly, the Court’s decision confirms the public interest in ensuring that certification marks are given the necessary protection in Hong Kong.

A Top 10 Dispute in China

China Business Law Journal has recently announced its ‘Deals of the Year 2016’ recognizing cases that saw the most sophisticated efforts by legal counsel. And as a result our work for Tencent has been recognized as one of the Top 10 Dispute Deals of the Year and the only domain name case on the list.

UK, US, HK and China – Access denied: an international perspective on ISP blocking injunctions

While the UK Court of Appeal has opened the door for broadband ISP blocking to combat trademark or copyright-infringing activities (see our earlier report ), the picture in the United States, China and Hong Kong is more complex. “‘It is, it is a glorious thing, to be a Pirate King,’ said W.S. Gilbert: but he was speaking

China: President-Elect Trump winning trademark battles?

Background. President-elect Donald Trump has joined the ranks of celebrities such as Allen Iverson, Michael Jordan -and even James Bond (!)- in taking up the hatchet against China’s notorious trademark squatters. These trademark squatters typically use and abuse the first-to-file rule: i.e. the first person to file for a mark (and not use a mark,

Turning the clock back? Getting round the 2-year time bar in a .CN complaint

Unlike the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP), the CNNIC ccTLD Dispute Resolution Policy (CNDRP) – the dispute resolution policy governing the “.cn” domain in China – sets a time bar which stipulates that no complaints concerning a “.cn” (or “.中国”) registration of over 2 years will be accepted. This time bar has in

China: Whose voice is it?

The Beijing IP Court recently issued a widely discussed preliminary injunction against Canxing (上海灿星文化传播有限公司) in a trademark dispute about the name of a famous TV program “the Voice of China”/”中国好声音”. In its first preliminary injunction since its establishment in December 2014, the Beijing IP Court ordered Canxing to immediately cease the use of the name

No place to hide in Chinese cyber space – new rules regulate online advertising

On 4 July 2016, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC“), the regulatory body charged with enforcing, among other things, the People’s Republic of China Advertising Law (revised with effect from 1 September 2015) (“Advertising Law“) released the Administration of Online Advertising Interim Measures (“Interim Measures“; in Chinese <互联网广告管理暂行办法>), which will come into effect