Protection of Embedded Software in China

The value of machines is increasingly shifting from the actual machine to the embedded systems and thus above all to the embedded software. This means that in addition to protecting the machine with traditional IP, i.e. patents, utility models and designs, the software should also be protected as good as possible. So how can embedded… Continue reading Protection of Embedded Software in China

Protection and Enforcement of Trade Secrets in China: Regulatory Changes and Implications for Companies

Webinar – October 9, 2019 – 4 p.m. CET The last amendment of the Anti-Unfair Competition Law has been in force in China since the end of April 2019. A new paragraph has been introduced which will have a very direct and specific impact on case law. It regulates the burden of proof in civil… Continue reading Protection and Enforcement of Trade Secrets in China: Regulatory Changes and Implications for Companies

From Belt and Road to Greater Bay

The Belt and Road Initiative is heralding a slowdown in investment. This is due to the economic and technological war between China and the USA, which will continue for years, probably even decades, and will continue to drive the decoupling of the two largest economies in the world – regardless of the Trump administration, because… Continue reading From Belt and Road to Greater Bay

Easing of China’s Negative List for Foreign Companies

Under the new Investment Law, the People’s Republic of China has reduced the list of investments that are prohibited or restricted for foreign companies from 48 to 40 areas. In particular, restrictions have been lifted in mining and public transport services, education and culture. The restrictions in the automotive sector are to be completely lifted… Continue reading Easing of China’s Negative List for Foreign Companies

Impacts of China’s Foreign Investment Law

In January 2020 the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China will come into force. The three laws, Chinese-Foreign Equity Joint Ventures Law, Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise Law and the Chinese-Foreign Contractual Joint Ventures Law, that have regulated foreign investments in China up to now, will then be abolished. The sudden adoption of a… Continue reading Impacts of China’s Foreign Investment Law

China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law Amendment: Stronger Protection of Trade Secrets

The amended Anti-Unfair Competition Law entered into force in China in the end of April 2019. It is one of a series of laws that have been revised in the course of improving IP protection in China. In our last blog post (link) we analyzed the changes in China’s Trademark Law, where it is questionable… Continue reading China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law Amendment: Stronger Protection of Trade Secrets

Amendments to Chinese Trademark Law: Combatting Bad Faith Applications

The amended Chinese Trademark Law could solve one of the major obstacles in the enforcement of trademark rights in China: trademark squatting, the bad faith registration of trademarks with the intention to sell them later at a high price to the owner of the original trademark. The central new paragraph in Paragraph 4 of the… Continue reading Amendments to Chinese Trademark Law: Combatting Bad Faith Applications