China Establishes Its Own International Courts Along the New Silk Road

In the wake of its multi-billion Belt and Road Initiative, China will set up three international courts to settle disputes among those companies participating in the project. International courts will be located in Beijing, Shenzhen and Xi’an, established by the Chinese Supreme People’s Court. China’s current judiciary, arbitration, and mediation agencies shall provide the basis… Continue reading China Establishes Its Own International Courts Along the New Silk Road

China’s Cybersecurity Law – More Clarification to Come

China’s NITSSTC (National Information Security Standardization Technical Committee) published new standards on Cybersecurity Law as draft for the solicitation of public opinion. The new standards cover some topics that many international companies with operations in China were wrestling with in the last couple of months. As the Cybersecurity Law contains a lot of vague expressions… Continue reading China’s Cybersecurity Law – More Clarification to Come

Blockchain is Revolutionizing Everything – Including the IP World

The European Commission is sounding out the potential of the blockchain technology in order to fight against infringements on intellectual property in supply chains. The blockchain technology, e.g. through the application of smart contracts, gives better insights into supply chains. By monitoring supply chains via blockchain, every physical product can be clearly identified, its origin,… Continue reading Blockchain is Revolutionizing Everything – Including the IP World

Counterfeiting Takes Off

Chinese brand and product piracy continues to increase. This is demonstrated not only by our project experience, but also by the new IP statistics issued by the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) in the first half of 2017. According to the data, about 25,000 cases… Continue reading Counterfeiting Takes Off

Fourth Industrial Revolution: Asian Companies Leap Forward

The European Patent Office (EPO) reports a rapid increase in patent applications for smart and connected objects. These include core technologies with hardware, software, and connectivity, enabling technologies, such as artificial intelligence and user interfaces, as well as applications of these technologies in the fields of business, home, mobility, or manufacturing. In recent years, EPO… Continue reading Fourth Industrial Revolution: Asian Companies Leap Forward

International Patent Applications: The Growth Comes from China

2016 was the year of Chinese patents. Overall, 233,000 applications were filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – which constitutes a 7.3 percent increase compared with the previous year. Chinese applicants are responsible for 98% of the overall growth in demand for international patent applications. Since 2002, China-based filers have recorded double-digit growth each year.… Continue reading International Patent Applications: The Growth Comes from China

China’s Revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law

China has revised its Anti-Unfair Competition Law. Many changes in the amended law aim at the protection of fair competition in the Chinese flourishing e-commerce business. Thus, Article 8 prohibits deceiving or misleading consumers by publishing fake sales volumes, user comments, or information regarding prizes and rewards. Such widely used practices as click farming or… Continue reading China’s Revised Anti-Unfair Competition Law