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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Asia IP Webinar series: We are running a series of webinars in 2017 to help you stay up to date with Intellectual Property news and developments in the Asia Pacific region. Covering a variety of topics of interest, we will be kicking off our series this month with a look at the world of Trademarks.
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  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
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,
China’s Cyber Security Law, which will take effect from 1 June, 2017 was finally adopted on 7 November. The third draft of the law adopted by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, China’s highest legislative authority, contained few changes from the second draft put forward for comment in July, 2016 (see our briefing).
We are delighted to be sponsoring the first US-China Entertainment Law Conference on 2 November 2016 at the Loyola Law School, LA, California. This event will bring together senior policymakers, academics, business executives and international practitioners from China and the U.S. to discuss cutting-edge legal issues in the US-China film, television, music and gaming industries.
Our Intellectual Property team in Asia is celebrating a run of success taking home the following 5 awards across our offices in China, Japan and Vietnam: International IP Firm of the Year (China Law & Practice Awards); Best in IP (Asialaw Asia-Pacific Dispute Resolution Award); Japan Trademark Firm of the Year (Asia IP) (Earlier this year we also
On 23 June 2016, the Guangdong Higher People’s Court handed down its long-awaited judgment in the New Balance/新百伦-case. In its judgment, the Court upheld the finding of trademark infringement by New Balance, but reduced the damages granted in first instance from RMB 98 million by nearly twenty-fold, to ‘only’ RMB 5 million (approximately USD 750,000).
Owners of Chinese patents should take care not to be overly aggressive in asserting their patent rights, especially when dealing with a retailer, dealer, or importer. So long as the patent owner’s conduct falls within normal business practice, a patent owner should not be responsible for the alleged infringer’s economic harm, even if the patent
The Chinese State Administration for Industry & Commerce (“SAIC”) has recently launched a new initiative, allowing foreign trademark owners to designate a Mainland China-based contact person for their registered trademarks. Foreign trademark owners who take advantage of this service should benefit from more efficient and effective administrative trademark enforcement. Currently, when local bureaus of the
As reported in the April 2016 issue of Anchovy News, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) released a draft of new rules concerning the regulation of the domain name system in China. The proposed new policy contained a provision under Article 37 that any domain name (regardless of what TLD it is
The Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) recently released its White Paper on Judicial Protection of IPR, 2015 (“中国法院知识产权司法保护状况（2015）, “White Paper”), containing statistics on IP litigation in China. Significantly, the statistics also contain the first conclusive data on the operation of the specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, over a year after they started accepting
On 25 March 2016, the Chinese Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (the “MIIT“) issued Draft Rules on the Administration of Internet Domain Names (“Draft“) and issued a call for comments. The Draft has raised serious concerns among the public and the international media. In this article we summarize the key changes in the Draft,
Summary After years of controversy surrounding the legal status of original equipment manufacturing (“OEM“), China’s Supreme People’s Court has finally handed down what may become a landmark judgment in the Focker v Ya Huan case. Introduction The controversy regarding the status of OEM infringement initially arose because the Trademark Law does not give any clear-cut
The Draft focuses on enhanced enforcement, e-infringement and patent utilization On 2 December 2015, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released another draft version of the Chinese Patent Law for public comment. Comments on the Draft have been submitted widely by January 2016, and are currently being reviewed by SIPO. The Draft contains an important
China’s country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD), .CN, has recently edged ahead of Germany’s .DE to become the second most registered TLD in the world, whilst other Chinese-run (and Chinese government approved) TLDs, such as .TOP and .WANG are seeing explosive growth. Brand owners should thus be vigilant and ensure that their brands are protected
The Shanghai Administration of Industry and Commerce (“Shanghai AIC”) recently released its report concerning the enforcement of the Advertising Law in 2015. According to the report, the Shanghai AIC handled 1,983 cases involving illegal advertisements and handed down penalty decisions for these cases including accumulated fines of RMB 55.57 million (approximately US$ 8.4 million). The