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
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
The increasing digitization of the private as well as economic realm is undeniable. The European Commission is constantly pushing the Digital Single Market forward. In the same breath as the ubiquitous phenomenon of digitalization, blockchain technology is all too often mentioned. A bright future is predicted for it even if the actual applications have, admittedly, been rare in practice so far.
As reported previously, China’s State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) pulled through its annual online piracy crackdown campaign – called the “red shield net sword” campaign – from July to November 2015. The campaign aimed at curbing online sales of counterfeit and sub-par goods and mainly targeted infringements on e-commerce platforms. According to a
If the Commission persuades the EU Parliament and Council to its views, EU-wide digital content portability for consumers will become a reality under a draft Regulation unveiled today* and aspects of online contract law for consumers will be fully harmonised across the EU under two new Directives, drafts of which were also published today*. This
Given the lower level of government scrutiny and the widespread use of (mobile) internet, online advertising has become very popular in China. However, in the wake of China’s new Advertising Law, the State Administration of Industry and Commerce (‘SAIC’) has now turned its attention to the online environment, recently issuing its Draft Interim Measures for
China’s State Administration of Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”) has recently announced that it will launch its annual online piracy crackdown campaign, which is –rather cryptically- called the “Red Shield Net Sword Campaign” (红盾网剑专项行动). The campaign promises to take a heavy hand against online sales of counterfeit and sub-par goods, and will mainly target infringements on
The first half of 2015 has seen a number of landmark developments shaping China’s TMT sector. We hope that you enjoy this selection of articles, which we believe represent a good cross-section of the vibrant developments in Greater China’s TMT sector. In particular, the following articles affect the IP field: E-commerce liberalization kicks off in