China and EU: First Steps in Harmonization of IP Protection

The new China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and the European Patent Office (EPO) set plans for their future cooperation in Munich on September 21, 2018. It was the first meeting of CNIPA and EPO since the Chinese trademark and patent administration merged into a single administration in August (link to the article). CNIPA is,… Continue reading China and EU: First Steps in Harmonization of IP Protection

Internet Plus: SIPO‘s Plan for IP Protection in the Digital Era

China’s Patent Office has issued a plan for using the ever growing volumes of available data and intelligent algorithms for IP protection. SIPO aims at building a centralized smart system for recognition of infringements till 2020. The system is expected to support the persecution of piracy and counterfeiting by means of online fake identification, permanent… Continue reading Internet Plus: SIPO‘s Plan for IP Protection in the Digital Era

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

China’s International Commercial Courts

In January we have reported about China’s plans to establish own International Commercial Courts, in particular for settling disputes alongside the New Silk Road: https://en.blog.chinabrand.de/2018/01/30/china-establishes-its-own-international-courts-along-the-new-silk-road/. Less than half a year later, the first International Commercial Courts (CICC) have already been launched in Shenzhen and Xi’an. This is another example of the breathtaking speed of the… Continue reading China’s International Commercial Courts

What Changes Come with the New E-Commerce Law in China

Foreign companies selling their products online in China will soon not only have to deal with the new regulations on cybersecurity but also comply with the upcoming law on e-commerce. The Chinese government released the second draft for public comments in November 2017. So far it is not known when the law will come into… Continue reading What Changes Come with the New E-Commerce Law in China

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