China’s technology metropolis Shenzhen takes the lead in innovation and IP protection once again. On September 12, 2017, the construction of the Shenzhen Intellectual Property City was announced, which builds on the already existing competitive advantages of Shenzhen against other Chinese cities. The service of the new IP hub includes the creation, administration, and protection… Continue reading Shenzhen launches an IP Service System
This summer, Alibaba announced a series of measures designed to fight counterfeiting – not just online, but offline as well. China’s leading online platform released its “anti-counterfeiting maps” based on the big data analysis, as well as a blacklist of 100 companies that sell counterfeits online. This has led to a massive close-down of 180,000… Continue reading Alibaba Expands its Big Data-fueled Anti-counterfeiting Program
Administrative Measures for Priority Examination of Patent Applications, issued by the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, have come into effect on 1st August 2017. They aim at broadening the range of technologies that are considered eligible for priority examination, as well as opening up opportunities for applicants of utility models… Continue reading China’s fast-track for patents
Most international companies have adopted a mere wait-and-see approach regarding the compliance with China’s new Cybersecurity Law. Now, the recent investigation against the country’s top social media providers definitely sets off alarm bells – it is time to take compliance with China’s Cybersecurity Law seriously. In early August, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has… Continue reading China’s Top Social Networks Face Investigation under the Cybersecurity Law
What will happen in the global anti-counterfeiting in the next year? According to new surveys and brand owner statements, the fight against online infringement will dominate the efforts in combatting brand and product piracy. Internet monitoring and enforcement will play a leading role in this process. Correspondingly, the relevance of cyber security and compliance with… Continue reading Anti-Counterfeiting Trends 2018
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?
China’s Social Credit System is a big data-enabled toolkit for constant monitoring of all market participants in respect to compliance with laws and rules. Its core concept is the self-restriction of economic actors. Based on massive data collection, ratings are generated for each market participant. These ratings are publicly available and can result in rewards… Continue reading China’s Social Credit System – A Revolution in the Market Regulation?
The survey result of the American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai indicates that around 20% of the US companies in China are shifting their investments planned for China to other destinations, mostly to Southeast or South Asia. The reasons lie not only in the rising costs, but in a shortage of skilled workers and the… Continue reading US Companies are Shifting Their Investments from China to South- and Southeast Asia
On June 16, China’s State Council released a new foreign investment negative list to further ease investment access. These new measures on foreign investment access will take effect on July 10, and replace the old one issued in April 2015. The new negative list covers 40 categories and 95 special management measures grouped into 15… Continue reading China Introduces New Negative List for Foreign Investment
In Switzerland, the number of counterfeit brand products imported by tourists as vacation souvenirs decreased by 40 percent in 2016, in comparison to 2015. Apparently, the Custom’s measures to inform tourists about the prohibited import of fake products are effective. Yet the growth of trade volumes with counterfeit products remains unbroken. The reason is the… Continue reading Product Fakes in Switzerland: Souvenirs Declining, Online Bargains on the Rise