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Hong Kong: How do I draft my arbitration agreement for IP disputes?

In our earlier article, we discussed the implications of the Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 and the factors to consider when deciding whether to settle Intellectual Property Right (“IPR”) disputes by arbitration. Since arbitration can only take place with the consent of all parties, a crucial first step is to create a valid, enforceable arbitration agreement

Hong Kong relaxes regulations on product placement: Episode two

The Communications Authority (“CA”) recently issued its decision to relax existing regulations on indirect advertising (commonly known as product placement) in television programmes (“TV programmes”) and to lift bans on advertisements for undertakers and associated services. We have previously discussed the CA’s decision in September 2017 to review its Generic Code of Practice on Television

Setting the right example: China’s Supreme People’s Court selects the top 10 IP cases of 2017

China’s Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) has recently published its list of the “top 10 significant IP cases” for 2017, which it has done yearly since 2007. Although these cases are not strictly binding precedents under China’s civil law system, these cases are used as persuasive judicial guidance for China’s courts at all levels. In this

China’s Advertising Law – That fine is (chest)nuts!

In a recent decision, a Chinese court imposed a fine lower than the statutory range under the Advertising Law of the People’s Republic of China (as amended in 2015) (“Advertising Law“). This suggests that courts retain certain discretion in reducing statutory sanctions under the Advertising Law. This decision, while not binding on other courts and

China: Has the dust settled on OEM trademark infringement?

China’s SPC reaffirms that OEM does not infringe on Chinese trademarks In a recent landmark decision, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) reversed the remarkable appeal decision in the Dongfeng trademark case about Original Equipment Manufacture (“OEM”). The SPC reiterates its view expressed in its November 2015 landmark ruling in the Pretul case, holding that branded

Gearing up for e-sport: Seizing opportunities and tackling legal issues

On 27 March, Partner Eugene Low and Associate Arthur Ng from our Hong Kong office gave a presentation on e-sports at a reception event organized by the Association of Corporate Counsel, Hong Kong. The event inspired lively discussion over refreshments and feedback following the presentation was very positive, especially as it was the first time many attendees had discovered

Q&A: Why you should consider registering your copyright in Vietnam

Following our recent Q&A on copyright registration in China, we now turn to Vietnam where there is also a voluntary copyright registration system. Why register? Under the Law on Intellectual Property of Vietnam, copyright shall arise at the moment a work is created and fixed in a certain material form, irrespective of its content, quality,

Q&A: Why you should consider registering your copyright in China

While not compulsory, getting a copyright registration in China can offer many benefits to IP owners. This article will give an overview of the copyright registration system in China. Copyright registration is also available in some other Asian countries such as Japan and Vietnam. Why register? Copyright ownership in China arises automatically, upon completion of

Heavy jail sentence handed down on illegal set-top boxes sellers in Hong Kong

On 28 December 2017, the District Court of Hong Kong handed down sentences varying from 21 to 27 months’ imprisonment against 3 individuals who took part in a scheme that enabled users of the “Maige Set Top Box” (the “Maige Box“) to view pay TV channels for free.  This case sets one of the heaviest

China issues its second Draft E-Commerce Law

On 7 November 2017, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (“NPC“) published the second draft of the E-commerce Law (电子商务法(草案二次审议稿), “Draft“).  The goal of the Draft is to regulate China’s burgeoning e-commerce sector, and thereby facilitate growth, maintain “market order”, and eradicate scams and counterfeits. It is particularly striking that the Draft was

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

The National Copyright Administration of China (“NCAC“) has recently announced, in a joint declaration with three other ministerial bodies, the launch of its annual online piracy crackdown campaign called the “Sword Net Action” (剑网行动). 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