Blockchain is Revolutionizing Everything – Including the IP World

The European Commission is sounding out the potential of the blockchain technology in order to fight against infringements on intellectual property in supply chains. The blockchain technology, e.g. through the application of smart contracts, gives better insights into supply chains. By monitoring supply chains via blockchain, every physical product can be clearly identified, its origin,… Continue reading Blockchain is Revolutionizing Everything – Including the IP World

Counterfeiting Takes Off

Chinese brand and product piracy continues to increase. This is demonstrated not only by our project experience, but also by the new IP statistics issued by the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) in the first half of 2017. According to the data, about 25,000 cases… Continue reading Counterfeiting Takes Off

Fourth Industrial Revolution: Asian Companies Leap Forward

The European Patent Office (EPO) reports a rapid increase in patent applications for smart and connected objects. These include core technologies with hardware, software, and connectivity, enabling technologies, such as artificial intelligence and user interfaces, as well as applications of these technologies in the fields of business, home, mobility, or manufacturing. In recent years, EPO… Continue reading Fourth Industrial Revolution: Asian Companies Leap Forward

International Patent Applications: The Growth Comes from China

2016 was the year of Chinese patents. Overall, 233,000 applications were filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – which constitutes a 7.3 percent increase compared with the previous year. Chinese applicants are responsible for 98% of the overall growth in demand for international patent applications. Since 2002, China-based filers have recorded double-digit growth each year.… Continue reading International Patent Applications: The Growth Comes from China

China’s Revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law

China has revised its Anti-Unfair Competition Law. Many changes in the amended law aim at the protection of fair competition in the Chinese flourishing e-commerce business. Thus, Article 8 prohibits deceiving or misleading consumers by publishing fake sales volumes, user comments, or information regarding prizes and rewards. Such widely used practices as click farming or… Continue reading China’s Revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law

The UAE – a Hub of Chinese Counterfeiting

Chinese counterfeiters act in an increasingly global context. Due to the massive prosecution in China, they relocate their production sites to neighboring countries such as Myanmar, distribute their fakes worldwide via the Internet, and use complicated logistics routes so that their consignments cannot be easily tracked by the authorities in the recipient countries. The free… Continue reading The UAE – a Hub of Chinese Counterfeiting

China Launches the First Cyber-Court

China’s new cyber-court in the city of Hangzhou started hearing cases on August 18, 2017. This court exclusively deals with e-commerce and Internet-related cases, and has the ability to handle all aspects of a case online from the beginning to the end. Hangzhou has been dubbed the “capital of Chinese e-commerce”, and is the home… Continue reading China Launches the First Cyber-Court