Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

Modern technology, especially AI keeps changing the way we work. That applies also for IP experts. One example: monitoring trademarks, looking for similar trademarks, or checking on already registered trademarks is time consuming and exhausting. Increasing numbers of IP registrations make the field of registrations even more complex. Today, AI can help us with these… Continue reading Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property

China’s National Court of Appeal for IPR Cases

The Supreme People’s Court will further accelerate the establishment of a unified court of appeal for the cases in the field of intellectual property. Thus China continues strengthening the protection of IP rights. This step is long overdue because of the sheer volume of IPR trials: in 2017 alone, the specialized IP courts have decided… Continue reading China’s National Court of Appeal for IPR Cases

Fast-Fakes and Super-Fakes: Brands Need to Adjust Their Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies

Not only the fashion industry experiences a trend of differentiated counterfeiting business. On the one hand, there is a tendency of “fast-fakes”. Counterfeiting cycles are getting shorter and forgers are quickly dumping simple and recognizable copies of low quality seasonal goods on the market. The response of original manufacturers is not very challenging in such… Continue reading Fast-Fakes and Super-Fakes: Brands Need to Adjust Their Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies

The Renaissance of Design

Once regarded as the unbeloved child of IP protection, design is now experiencing a coming of age. While patents and trademarks used to be the essential way of IP protection, the number of global registrations has skyrocketed over the past few years, since companies have become aware of the benefits of designs in their own… Continue reading The Renaissance of Design

Chinese Companies Turn the Tables

Not only do Chinese companies register property rights for their intellectual property on a massive scale, but also have their measures of enforcement become more aggressive. The majority of cases brought to Chinese IP courts do not involve, as one might assume, Western companies that defend their IP rights against Chinese forgers, but litigations between… Continue reading Chinese Companies Turn the Tables

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

Shenzhen launches an IP Service System

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

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?