Alibaba Expands its Big Data-fueled Anti-counterfeiting Program

This summer, Alibaba announced a series of measures designed to fight counterfeiting – not just online, but offline as well. China’s leading online platform released its “anti-counterfeiting maps” based on the big data analysis, as well as a blacklist of 100 companies that sell counterfeits online. This has led to a massive close-down of 180,000… Continue reading Alibaba Expands its Big Data-fueled Anti-counterfeiting Program

China’s fast-track for patents

Administrative Measures for Priority Examination of Patent Applications, issued by the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, have come into effect on 1st August 2017. They aim at broadening the range of technologies that are considered eligible for priority examination, as well as opening up opportunities for applicants of utility models… Continue reading China’s fast-track for patents

China’s Top Social Networks Face Investigation under the Cybersecurity Law

Most international companies have adopted a mere wait-and-see approach regarding the compliance with China’s new Cybersecurity Law. Now, the recent investigation against the country’s top social media providers definitely sets off alarm bells – it is time to take compliance with China’s Cybersecurity Law seriously. In early August, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has… Continue reading China’s Top Social Networks Face Investigation under the Cybersecurity Law

Anti-Counterfeiting Trends 2018

What will happen in the global anti-counterfeiting in the next year? According to new surveys and brand owner statements, the fight against online infringement will dominate the efforts in combatting brand and product piracy. Internet monitoring and enforcement will play a leading role in this process. Correspondingly, the relevance of cyber security and compliance with… Continue reading Anti-Counterfeiting Trends 2018

Will China Further Strengthen IPR Protection?

Peking adopts new tone: China’s president Xi Jinping stressed the importance of intellectual property rights protection and mentioned that China should accelerate institutional development in the field of IP – especially in emerging areas and new business types. Infringement should be prosecuted more severely and the penalties should become heavier.  Simultaneously, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang… Continue reading Will China Further Strengthen IPR Protection?

China’s Social Credit System – A Revolution in the Market Regulation?

China’s Social Credit System is a big data-enabled toolkit for constant monitoring of all market participants in respect to compliance with laws and rules. Its core concept is the self-restriction of economic actors. Based on massive data collection, ratings are generated for each market participant. These ratings are publicly available and can result in rewards… Continue reading China’s Social Credit System – A Revolution in the Market Regulation?

US Companies are Shifting Their Investments from China to South- and Southeast Asia

The survey result of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai indicates that around 20% of the US companies in China are shifting their investments planned for China to other destinations, mostly to Southeast or South Asia. The reasons lie not only in the rising costs, but in a shortage of skilled workers and the… Continue reading US Companies are Shifting Their Investments from China to South- and Southeast Asia