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Huawei v. Samsung — A new benchmark for standard essential patent litigation in China?

China has become a new battlefield in the global patent war amongst tech giants in the telecom industry. On 4 January 2018, the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court (“Court“) rendered a landmark judgment in the Huawei v. Samsung standard essential patent (“SEPs“) case that is expected to reshape dynamics between the SEP licensors and licensees. On

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

AI: the future of your brand protection and enforcement strategy

…that’s the view of many of the respondents to our Brand Benchmarking 2018 survey. Over 200 brand owners of all shapes, sizes, industries and locations were surveyed on how they manage their trademark portfolios. Our analysis revealed that: 93% of respondents believe that artificial intelligence (AI) will have a positive influence: saving them time and money. Six of

TMT China Brief – Summer 2018

Welcome to our first issue of TMT China Brief in 2018! This edition features a total of 14 articles which capture various significant TMT developments in Greater China. These developments cover an extraordinary breadth of topics and demonstrate a strong increase in the nuance and complexity of TMT law and practice in the region. Cybersecurity

Standard essential patents in the automotive industry – LimeGreen Live webinar 21/26 June

Join us on 21 or 26 June for the third in our LimeGreen Live webinar series, in conjunction with Hogan Lovells Automotive and Mobility Industry Sector Group This webinar will explore recent SEP case developments in three key jurisdictions—the U.S., Germany, and China. The presenters include three members of our global patent team handling automotive patent litigation and SEP disputes:

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

China issues new rules tightening up on overseas transfers of intellectual property rights

On 29 March 2018, the Chinese State Council released the External Transfer of Intellectual Property Rights Measures (for trial implementation) (the IPR Overseas Transfer Measures) providing for further governmental scrutiny of overseas transfers of IPR from the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China), with a focus on the impact of such transfers on national

Calculating larger patent damages in China by burden shifting

In China, most damages awarded in patent cases are statutory in nature despite the availability of additional options of calculating damages including losses by the plaintiff, profits obtained by the defendant, or where a previous license exists, a royalty rate based on a multiple of the prior license agreement. Nonetheless, given there is no discovery

China announces plan to consolidate administration and enforcement of trademarks, patents and geographic indicators.

The National People’s Congress (“NPC”) is the top legislature and the highest organ of state power in China. The NPC is elected for a term of five years and holds a plenary meeting every year to, among others, determine statue issues, appoint high-level government officials and enact or amend the Constitution or other national laws.

Two wins by the LEGO Group in China against Chinese copycats

The LEGO Group rarely puts itself under the spotlight by talking about litigation but it made an exception by commenting on its recent victories against two Chinese infringers. The IP lawyers behind said victories are from our Shanghai office and its associated office, Hogan Lovells Fidelity, in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone. Two Chinese toy makers (the “defendants”) were jointly

Hong Kong seminar review: What to say and what not to say – navigating the increasingly complex advertising laws

On 30 January 2018, our Hong Kong office hosted an interactive discussion on the increasingly complex legal landscape of advertising activities in Hong Kong and China. Partner Eugene Low and our guest speaker, Dr. Albert Ho, practising barrister and former Assistant Commissioner of the Hong Kong Customs and Excise Department, provided their insights on some

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

Asia IP Webinar – Trademark disputes in Asia: Strategies that can pave your way to success

Having an eye for strategic detail is often a key to winning the IP disputes in Asia, whether you’re enforcing or defending your IP rights. In this webinar, trademark experts from our Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo offices will discuss the strategies to improve your chances in winning the trademark disputes in your jurisdictions. Topics covered during

The China Food and Drug Administration pushes forward on conditional approval and compassionate use of new drugs

On December 20, 2017, the China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA“) released two draft documents for public comment: (1) Conditional Approval for Urgently Needed Drugs Technical Guidance  (the “Draft Conditional Approval Guidance“); and (2) Compassionate Use of Clinical Trial Drugs Administrative Measures (the “Draft Compassionate Use Measures” and, together with the Draft Conditional Approval Guidance,

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: Annual online piracy crackdown campaign 2017: Results announced

The results of the 2017 edition of China’s annual online piracy crackdown campaign, called the “Sword Net Action” (剑网行动), were recently published. As we announced earlier, the 2017 crackdown campaign promised to take a heavy hand against the unauthorized online distribution of films, games, TV programs and other online copyrighted content. The crackdown campaign was a

2018 Spells a new beginning for IP arbitration in Hong Kong

Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 comes into effect The long-awaited Arbitration (Amendment) Ordinance 2017 (the “Amendment Ordinance“) is finally applicable to arbitrations commenced on or after 1 January 2018 or to arbitrations commenced prior to this date if the parties themselves choose to apply the amendments to their arbitrations. By introducing sections 103A to 103J into

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

A model Customs case in China: creating the right conditions for effective IP enforcement by Chinese authorities.

In May 2016, the General Administration of Customs (“GAC”) and the Public Security Bureau (“PSB”) jointly uncovered large amounts of counterfeit automobile engine lubricants. The lubricants were first sold on e-commerce platforms and then imported into China from Southeast Asia. A successful wide-scale investigation ensued, involving seamless co-operation between Customs, the PSB and the UK

Asia webinar: Creatively combatting counterfeiting and piracy with robust strategies

From cosmetics to electronics, the quickening pace of counterfeit products continues to be a real threat to many businesses.  Companies need more effective ways to protect their brand against fraud both online and offline.  In this webinar, our speakers from China, Hong Kong, Japan and Vietnam will discuss key anti-counterfeiting strategies covering various jurisdictions.  Join

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