Multi-Level Protection Scheme: China is Forcing Companies to Protect Their Data

With the new Multi-Level Protection Scheme 2.0 (MLPS), the regulatory pressure on companies operating in China continues to increase. The regulatory system for data and cyber security forces all companies to ensure, according to the specifications of a multi-level protection scheme, that their network is free of interference, damage or unauthorized access and that no… Continue reading Multi-Level Protection Scheme: China is Forcing Companies to Protect Their Data

The Genie in the Bottle: Know-how Protection for Start-ups

The consequences of the loss of know-how are far costlier than its protection. With start-ups, it is not uncommon for the entire investment to be at stake. For start-ups, further specific challenges appear besides the typical risks of know-how outflow. Start-ups, for example, face further challenges due to their open communication culture in coworking spaces… Continue reading The Genie in the Bottle: Know-how Protection for Start-ups

Unfair Competition With WeChat Data Rights

In China, the first decision on unfair competition with data rights on internet platforms has recently been published. The background: Tencent, the king of social media, owns the data and limited data rights of the 900 million daily users of the app WeChat. It is known that Tencent shares a large part of this data… Continue reading Unfair Competition With WeChat Data Rights

Credit China: Objection Against Incorrect Social Credit Information Possible

In July 2020, Credit China, one of the main websites of the notorious Chinese Social Credit System, finally introduced an online system to apply for removal of wrong information displayed on the website and for rectification of information about administrative penalties. The information displayed on Credit China is collected from several relevant administrative authorities, combined… Continue reading Credit China: Objection Against Incorrect Social Credit Information Possible

The New Civil Code of the PRC and Intellectual Property

The new Civil Code of the PRC, which will come into force on 1 January 2021, consolidates and elaborates some existing laws. It does not have a dedicated IP part, so the lex specialis such as the Patent Law, Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law and Copyright Law will remain in force. What is the impact… Continue reading The New Civil Code of the PRC and Intellectual Property

Breach of Business Secrets for the Benefit of Foreign Parties

In the draft for the extension of the criminal law, a new paragraph against industrial espionage in particular attracts attention: “Anyone who steals, spies on, buys or illegally makes available trade secrets for the benefit of foreign corporations, organizations or persons shall be punished with a prison sentence of up to 5 years or a… Continue reading Breach of Business Secrets for the Benefit of Foreign Parties

IP Databases Reduce Costs of Infringement Proceedings

COVID-19 also leads to companies paying closer attention to costs when enforcing their intellectual property rights in China. IP databases can help them do this. The analysis of Chinese court decisions in comparable cases enables IP managers and their service providers to correctly assess the case and the opponent and to find the right strategy.… Continue reading IP Databases Reduce Costs of Infringement Proceedings

China Loses the Battle for the WIPO Chairmanship

China has lost the battle for the chairmanship of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the UN organization regulating the international protection of intellectual property in Geneva. The new Director General will be Daren Tang, previously Chief Executive Officer of the Intellectual Property Office in Singapore (IPOS). The decision against the Chinese candidate Wang Binying,… Continue reading China Loses the Battle for the WIPO Chairmanship

Confidential Information are Trade Secrets

The economic and trade agreement signed by the USA and China on 15 January 2020 (phase one) contains prominent provisions on the protection of trade secrets. The content of the agreement includes not only procedural decisions such as burden sharing in civil proceedings, interim measures to prevent the use of trade secrets or criminal proceedings… Continue reading Confidential Information are Trade Secrets

China’s Social Credit System: Pressure on counterfeiters

The Chinese Social Credit System contains three lists: A (positive) red list, a watch list and a (negative) black list. They already have an impact on companies operating in China. Those on the red list enjoy advantages such as the fast processing of administrative procedures or easier access to credit. Companies whose operations are considered… Continue reading China’s Social Credit System: Pressure on counterfeiters