Non-Use Cancellation: Defense against Bad-Faith Filings

When a foreign company decides to register its trademark in China, it is not uncommon that the application is rejected by the authorities. The reason: a Chinese company or an individual has already registered the trademark before, with an objective to capitalize on it later. This tactic is known as trademark hijacking, when a Chinese… Continue reading Non-Use Cancellation: Defense against Bad-Faith Filings

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

Four Questions to an IP Expert – Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao, Senior Manager at CHINABRAND CONSULTING

In the recent edition of the University of Strasbourg’s interview series for the Master of IP Law and Management program, Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao discussed four current matters that occupy IP legal specialists and practitioners today. The topics discussed in the interview include: Chinese government’s claim to global technological leadership China’s patent strategy and its relevance… Continue reading Four Questions to an IP Expert – Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao, Senior Manager at CHINABRAND CONSULTING

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

IP management in the era of Chinese IP offensive

We are proud to share the speech of our colleague Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao, LL.M., published by Prof. Dr. Alexander J. Wurzer on Germany’s most influential IP blog IP for Business: https://www.wurzer-kollegen.de/data/cms_data/files/d96684d7e5cafd143c995545987c7b3b.pdf Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao has spoken at the IP management master class MIPLM in Strasbourg on April 19, 2018. The main contents of the speech… Continue reading IP management in the era of Chinese IP offensive

Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Modern technology, especially AI keeps changing the way we work. That applies also for IP experts. One example: monitoring trademarks, looking for similar trademarks, or checking on already registered trademarks is time consuming and exhausting. Increasing numbers of IP registrations make the field of registrations even more complex. Today, AI can help us with these… Continue reading Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property