Intellectual Property in China: More, Faster and Better

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has presented the registration figures for 2019. Foreign applications of intellectual property in China increased again last year. In 2019, the number of patent applications of inventions filed by foreign applicants reached 157,000, an increase of 6% over the previous year. The number of foreign trademark applications rose… Continue reading Intellectual Property in China: More, Faster and Better

Geographical Indications: Protection Without Registration

Geographical indications (GI) of origin are also protected in China if they are recognised as geographical indications in their country of origin but are not registered in China as a certification or collective trademark. GIs are protected against applications in bad faith by Article 16 of the Trademark Law. Article 123 of the General Provisions… Continue reading Geographical Indications: Protection Without Registration

China’s Social Credit System: Pressure on counterfeiters

The Chinese Social Credit System contains three lists: A (positive) red list, a watch list and a (negative) black list. They already have an impact on companies operating in China. Those on the red list enjoy advantages such as the fast processing of administrative procedures or easier access to credit. Companies whose operations are considered… Continue reading China’s Social Credit System: Pressure on counterfeiters

Deception Package Crawling Services

In the fight against counterfeiting and piracy on the Internet, brand owners must try to identify and eliminate counterfeit manufacturers in the real economy. Those who find illegal sales in Internet marketplaces and online shops with the help of crawling software and only have them deleted manually or automatically cure the symptom. The deleted offers… Continue reading Deception Package Crawling Services

Belt and Road Initiative: The Intangible Silk Road

The Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) comprises not only logistics and energy projects, economic corridors and digital information and communication systems (Digital Silk Road), but also an Intangible Silk Road consisting of patents, trademarks, copyrights and technical standards. And this immaterial Silk Road is growing rapidly – so far largely under the radar of… Continue reading Belt and Road Initiative: The Intangible Silk Road

Cyberspace Regulation: New Cyber Courts and the E-Commerce Law

China further innovates and adapts its legal environment to the challenges of the digital era by opening two cyberspace courts (link to the article) and introducing its new E-Commerce Law (link to the article). At the two new cyberspace courts in Beijing and Guangzhou, highly specialized judges will handle Internet-related cases. The whole procedure will… Continue reading Cyberspace Regulation: New Cyber Courts and the E-Commerce Law

Chinese Counterfeiters Mostly Copy Local Brands

Chinese counterfeiters are not only targeting foreign brands. Quite the contrary, as Chinese brands gain in popularity and their value is rising steadily, Chinese counterfeiters do not shy away from copying products of their fellow countrymen. China Weekly reports that Chinese courts have concluded 200,000 cases in 2017 related to IP rights with the number… Continue reading Chinese Counterfeiters Mostly Copy Local Brands