Access still allowed – The new Chinese Encryption Law

On 26 October, the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China passed the new Chinese Encryption Act (密码法), which will come into force on 1 January 2020. It can be seen as a further addition to the cyber security regime that China has been developing for years and which has gained momentum with… Continue reading Access still allowed – The new Chinese Encryption Law

Can Single-Color Trademarks Be Protected in China?

The French designer Christian Louboutin has become world-famous for his iconic shoe design – sky-high heels and red shoe soles. The trademark for the red sole was registered in the Benelux in 2010 and the explicit registration for high-heeled shoes followed in 2013. A few years ago Louboutin went to court against the Dutch subsidiary… Continue reading Can Single-Color Trademarks Be Protected in China?

Trademark Examination: Is Faster Always Better?

The main issues discussed at the 2019 National People’s Congress were the relationship between the US and China, the New Silk Road, the defense budget and the new draft of the Foreign Investment Law. Improvements in IP protection were also discussed. For example, the already agreed shortening of the examination period for trademark applications from… Continue reading Trademark Examination: Is Faster Always Better?