Fighting Trademark Squatting as Unfair Competition

Trademark squatting and trademark hoarding have long been a troublesome problem for many foreign companies in China. Now, a breakthrough has been made in Chinese IP jurisprudence: Trademark rights holders can sue for unfair competition against trademark applications filed in bad faith and obtain injunctive relief and damages.  One precedent is the case of Emerson… Continue reading Fighting Trademark Squatting as Unfair Competition

Important Data in Industry and Information Technology

The Data Security Law (DSL) requires companies to categorize their data as “general data,” “important data,” and “core data.” Which data falls into these categories varies from industry to industry. The definition of important data for the automotive industry has received the most attention so far, and also for the financial industry a detailed explanation… Continue reading Important Data in Industry and Information Technology

IP Compliance Guidelines

The Shanghai Pudong New Area Procuratorate has released China’s first intellectual property rights (IPR) compliance guidelines. The goal is to highlight IPR-related risks and drive the establishment of a robust IP compliance system. IP compliance includes patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets. The guidelines distinguish IPR risks according to their level. For example, changes in… Continue reading IP Compliance Guidelines

China Cracks Down on Bad Faith IP Infringement Cases

The Supreme People’s Court of the PRC is emphasizing the need to step up its crackdown on false and bad faith IP litigation. The relevant document is the “Opinions of the OVG on Strengthening the IP Litigation System to Provide Effective Judicial Services and Ensure the Construction of an IP Stronghold”, published on October 29,… Continue reading China Cracks Down on Bad Faith IP Infringement Cases

Strengthening Design Protection

China joined the Hague Agreement concerning the International Deposit of Industrial Designs (the Hague System for short) on February 5, 2022. This makes it possible to apply for protection of a design in more than 90 countries worldwide simultaneously via one application – including China from May 5, 2022. China’s accession had already been announced… Continue reading Strengthening Design Protection

First Corporate Data Compliance Guideline in China

On January 30, 2022, Shanghai issued the first official Corporate Data Compliance Guideline. The 38-article document guides companies to strengthen their data management in terms of data compliance, identification, assessment and elimination of data risks. The guideline emphasizes that a company’s management is responsible for data compliance and recommends that a dedicated data compliance management… Continue reading First Corporate Data Compliance Guideline in China

National Standard Provides Insight into Future Data Requirements

The requirements of the internationally widely discussed Data Security Law (DSL, effective since Sep 1, 2021) are a challenge for many companies operating in China. To establish a hierarchical protection system for data classification, China’s National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee has issued the National Standard – Guide for Important Data Identification (Draft, hereinafter referred… Continue reading National Standard Provides Insight into Future Data Requirements

Legal Requirements for Vulnerability Management

For some time now, CIOs around the world have been busy fixing the Log4j2 vulnerability. From a technical perspective, there are solutions such as patches and system upgrades. However, vulnerability management is not just a technical issue in China; there are also legal requirements that companies must meet.  For example, service providers are required by… Continue reading Legal Requirements for Vulnerability Management

Measures of the Cyber Security Review

China continues to strengthen its control of operators of large Internet platforms. In addition to the regulation on the use of algorithms to influence user behavior, such as recommendation algorithms, which will come into force on March 1, 2022, the Cybersecurity Review Measures will come into force on February 15, 2022. In addition to operators… Continue reading Measures of the Cyber Security Review

Chinese Patent Flood: AI-Powered Search Tool Helps

The ever-growing flood of Chinese-language patents is causing increasing problems for foreign patent attorneys, corporate research and development teams, and in-house counsel. With traditional patent searches, it is not possible to identify and review all relevant IP rights within an acceptable period of time. Limited keywords do not scan the entire technology breadth and may… Continue reading Chinese Patent Flood: AI-Powered Search Tool Helps