Will China Further Strengthen IPR Protection?

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 – A Revolution in the Market Regulation?

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?

US Companies are Shifting Their Investments from China to South- and Southeast Asia

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

China Introduces New Negative List for Foreign Investment

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

Product Fakes in Switzerland: Souvenirs Declining, Online Bargains on the Rise

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