All Eyes on China

On December 3, 2019 the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) released its annual report on global IP activities, covering numbers on patents, designs, trademarks and many more for 2017. Like last year (link to article), WIPO’s central message again is: China is playing a leading role amongst global IP offices, especially when it comes to… Continue reading All Eyes on China

China and AI Research: A Global Leader

At the end of each year, China’s president Xi Jinping delivers his New Year’s Eve address, recorded in his office and watched by hundreds of millions of Chinese. The audience not only listens to Xi’s words but also closely scans the president’s bookshelf, searching for hints on China’s future political and economic ambitions. Last year,… Continue reading China and AI Research: A Global Leader

China Enables Blockchain Evidence

When it comes to the use of digital technology, China is clearly a pioneer and a global champion in today’s international court practice. Famous examples are the country‘s recently introduced cyber courts (link to article) and its new Cyber Security Law (link to article). However, it is still relatively unknown that China is also the… Continue reading China Enables Blockchain Evidence

China Introduces a National IP and Technology Appeals Court

On October 26, 2018, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) published a Decision which introduces a new nation-wide appeals court for first instance technology and IP cases. The long-awaited step has first been announced in May, 2018 (link to the article) and will come into force on January 1, 2019. Like China’s… Continue reading China Introduces a National IP and Technology Appeals Court

Cyberspace Regulation: New Cyber Courts and the E-Commerce Law

China further innovates and adapts its legal environment to the challenges of the digital era by opening two cyberspace courts (link to the article) and introducing its new E-Commerce Law (link to the article). At the two new cyberspace courts in Beijing and Guangzhou, highly specialized judges will handle Internet-related cases. The whole procedure will… Continue reading Cyberspace Regulation: New Cyber Courts and the E-Commerce Law

Dangerous Simplification

Referring to the article “Patentes Märchen” (“patent fairy tale”) in the WirtschaftsWoche magazine No. 42 of October 12, 2018: It is common knowledge that complex issues can only be understood through differentiated analysis. This especially applies to the international patent system. To the German industry, it is well-known that China subsidies Chinese patent applications and… Continue reading Dangerous Simplification

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