China and EU: First Steps in Harmonization of IP Protection

The new China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and the European Patent Office (EPO) set plans for their future cooperation in Munich on September 21, 2018. It was the first meeting of CNIPA and EPO since the Chinese trademark and patent administration merged into a single administration in August (link to the article). CNIPA is,… Continue reading China and EU: First Steps in Harmonization of IP Protection

Internet Plus: SIPO‘s Plan for IP Protection in the Digital Era

China’s Patent Office has issued a plan for using the ever growing volumes of available data and intelligent algorithms for IP protection. SIPO aims at building a centralized smart system for recognition of infringements till 2020. The system is expected to support the persecution of piracy and counterfeiting by means of online fake identification, permanent… Continue reading Internet Plus: SIPO‘s Plan for IP Protection in the Digital Era

Chinese Counterfeiters Mostly Copy Local Brands

Chinese counterfeiters are not only targeting foreign brands. Quite the contrary, as Chinese brands gain in popularity and their value is rising steadily, Chinese counterfeiters do not shy away from copying products of their fellow countrymen. China Weekly reports that Chinese courts have concluded 200,000 cases in 2017 related to IP rights with the number… Continue reading Chinese Counterfeiters Mostly Copy Local Brands

China on the Fast Track for International Trademark Applications

A new study on Chinese Brands conducted by CompuMark shows that in just four years China has climbed up from number 10 in international filing volume of trademarks to number two. And it is very likely to outstrip the current number one, the US, in less than two years. Since some years ago China manages… Continue reading China on the Fast Track for International Trademark Applications

Loopholes in Trademark Registration Procedure

German trademark registration procedure makes it easy to register malicious trademarks. When checking on an application for trademark registration the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA) does not conduct an in-depth research on similar registered trademarks. New trademarks are registered after only a formal examination. Chinese counterfeiters capitalize on that loophole: they register malicious trademarks,… Continue reading Loopholes in Trademark Registration Procedure

Names of Credit Defaulters Published in China on a Daily Basis

Supreme People’s Court has launched an online platform for publishing information on credit defaulters, including those banned from purchasing tickets for planes and high-speed trains. At the moment, there are already around 10.7 million credit defaulters published, both companies and private persons can be listed. In addition to the exact number of defaulters, their full… Continue reading Names of Credit Defaulters Published in China on a Daily Basis