NFT Copyright Infringement in China

The protection of intellectual property rights in non-fungible tokens (NFT) is an important element in the process of distribution and trade of digital works. There is now a first case on this in China. In April 2022, the Hangzhou Internet Court held a public hearing on the first NFT infringement case in China. The plaintiff… Continue reading NFT Copyright Infringement in China

New Data Exchanges in China

On April 10, 2022, the Chinese government announced to accelerate the construction of the unified domestic market. Part of this is to also establish a data market to promote Big Data applications and AI development, focusing on data security and control of cross-border data transfer. To be allowed to provide data outside China, data processors… Continue reading New Data Exchanges in China

Data Compliance Can Prevent Penalties

Due to the three laws in the field of data – the Cyber Security Law, the Data Security Law and the Personal Information Protection Law – companies in China must set up a complete system to comply with data protection and security regulations. A good data compliance system can avoid warnings from administrative authorities during… Continue reading Data Compliance Can Prevent Penalties

Recoupling through Controlled Localization

The Ukraine conflict is increasingly impacting the business of foreign companies in China. China is responding to massive Western sanctions on Russia by accelerating decoupling in order to become self-sufficient more quickly. Western companies are responding by recoupling their Chinese branch or subsidiary through controlled localization. Headquarters are putting their Chinese subsidiaries back on a… Continue reading Recoupling through Controlled Localization

First Tribunal for Data Resources Established

China continues to forge ahead in the development of the digital economy. For example, on May 18, 2022, China’s first professional court to handle cases related to data resources was established – the Data Resource Tribunal of Wenzhou Ouhai District People’s Court. The background: with the development of the digital economy, the production, storage, use… Continue reading First Tribunal for Data Resources Established

New Specifications: IT Security of Apps in China

On November 1, 2022, the national standard GB/T 41391-2022 “Information Security Technology Basic Requirements for Mobile Internet Applications (Apps) Collecting Personal Information,” published in April, will come into force. It applies to all app operators in China and is intended to regulate personal information collection activities. This standard is relevant to all companies that operate… Continue reading New Specifications: IT Security of Apps in China

Fighting Trademark Squatting as Unfair Competition

Trademark squatting and trademark hoarding have long been a troublesome problem for many foreign companies in China. Now, a breakthrough has been made in Chinese IP jurisprudence: Trademark rights holders can sue for unfair competition against trademark applications filed in bad faith and obtain injunctive relief and damages.  One precedent is the case of Emerson… Continue reading Fighting Trademark Squatting as Unfair Competition

Crises Fuel Counterfeiting

The global economic weakness and persistent inflation are leading consumers and business customers to deliberately replace originals. To compensate for their current income losses and sales slumps, consumers and businesses are deliberately replacing high-priced originals with cheap copies from China. By replacing, they can significantly reduce their purchasing costs in the difficult economic situation –… Continue reading Crises Fuel Counterfeiting

Politics of the Common Good: What Companies Need to Watch Out For

A policy change is underway in China that is causing foreign companies to strategically reevaluate how they do business. The goal of the new policy is to strengthen the common good through more intensive control of markets. The relevant document is the Opinions on Accelerating the Construction of a Single National Market of China of… Continue reading Politics of the Common Good: What Companies Need to Watch Out For

App Certification in China

There are various certifications in China for protecting personal data in apps. The most important is the App Security Certification of the China Cybersecurity Review Technology and Certification Center (CCRC). It applies to apps of all service types, for example, apps developed and used in the smart home sector. However, there is one important requirement… Continue reading App Certification in China