Small Packages and Complex Routes

Every year, the OECD’s Illicit Trade series study records the current situation of global illegal trade. According to the study, the EU is particularly affected by international trade in counterfeit and pirated products, with around a quarter of all fakes flowing into the European Community in 2016. The counterfeit goods had a value of EUR… Continue reading Small Packages and Complex Routes

Great Wall of Consequences

China once again tightens the measures against IP rights infringers and strengthens own control over companies and managers. 38 Chinese state-level authorities signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on December 5, 2018. Central message of the document is that authorities – including the National Intellectual Property Administration and the Supreme People’s Court – are working… Continue reading Great Wall of Consequences

All Eyes on China

On December 3, 2019 the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) released its annual report on global IP activities, covering numbers on patents, designs, trademarks and many more for 2017. Like last year (link to article), WIPO’s central message again is: China is playing a leading role amongst global IP offices, especially when it comes to… Continue reading All Eyes on China

China Introduces a National IP and Technology Appeals Court

On October 26, 2018, the Standing Committee of China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) published a Decision which introduces a new nation-wide appeals court for first instance technology and IP cases. The long-awaited step has first been announced in May, 2018 (link to the article) and will come into force on January 1, 2019. Like China’s… Continue reading China Introduces a National IP and Technology Appeals Court

Dangerous Simplification

Referring to the article “Patentes Märchen” (“patent fairy tale”) in the WirtschaftsWoche magazine No. 42 of October 12, 2018: It is common knowledge that complex issues can only be understood through differentiated analysis. This especially applies to the international patent system. To the German industry, it is well-known that China subsidies Chinese patent applications and… Continue reading Dangerous Simplification

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