China has revised its Anti-Unfair Competition Law. Many changes in the amended law aim at the protection of fair competition in the Chinese flourishing e-commerce business. Thus, Article 8 prohibits deceiving or misleading consumers by publishing fake sales volumes, user comments, or information regarding prizes and rewards. Such widely used practices as click farming or… Continue reading China’s Revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law
China’s new cyber-court in the city of Hangzhou started hearing cases on August 18, 2017. This court exclusively deals with e-commerce and Internet-related cases, and has the ability to handle all aspects of a case online from the beginning to the end. Hangzhou has been dubbed the “capital of Chinese e-commerce”, and is the home… Continue reading China Launches the First Cyber-Court
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?
For years, foreign brand owners have complained about the large numbers of fakes being offered on the Chinese online marketplaces Alibaba and Taobao. Indeed are those platforms full of counterfeit products and most brand owners think that Alibaba is not putting enough effort into combatting the surge of fakes on offer. Yet now Alibaba reacts… Continue reading Alibaba Sues Counterfeiters on its Platform
Foreign as well as Chinese companies often complain about the reluctance and softness of Chinese Courts when it comes to imposing fines based on misbehavior of the defendant. The Beijing IP Court now set a strong signal regarding this matter. In a recent patent infringement lawsuit before the Beijing IP Court, the defendant refused to… Continue reading Beijing IP Court Imposes Maximum Fine on Company for not Submitting Requested Evidence
To date, many foreign companies are hesitant in bringing IP disputes before the Chinese courts, expecting low damage compensations. Now, these companies should take notice of a recent development in China.