IP Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court Releases Top 10 Influential Cases at 5-Year Anniversary of Founding

Posted on Categories Case, Patents, Trade Secrets

On February 23, 2024, in honor of the firth anniversary of the establishment of the Intellectual Property Tribunal of China’s Supreme People’s Court (IPC), released a list of Top Ten Influential Cases. The Cases cover various technologies and areas of law including trade secret misappropriation, plant variety infringement, patent linkage and invention patent infringement.

Chinese Copyright Registrations Up 40% in 2023

Posted on Categories Copyright, Statistics

Per a release on February 19, 2024 from the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC), the total number of copyright registrations reached 8,923,901 in 2023, a year-on-year increase of 40.46%.  A total of 2,495,213 computer software copyright registrations were completed nationwide in 2023, a year-on-year increase of 35.95%. Both the number of registrations and the growth rate hit a five-year high. Non-software copyright registrations reached 6,428,277 copyrights in 2023, a year-on-year increase of 42.30%.

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration to Close from February 10 – 17, 2024 for Lunar New Year

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China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will be closed from February 10, 2024, Saturday, through February 17, 2024, Saturday, for the Spring Festival Holiday (Lunar New Year).  Note that February 4, 2024 (Sunday) and February 18, 2024 (Sunday)  are designated as working days in China but patent deadlines that fall due on February 18, 2024 will be extended to February 19, 2024.

China’s Supreme People’s Court Upholds 79 Million RMB Win for Château Lafite Rothschild in Wine Trademark Case

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In a decision dated September 21, 2023 and only just released, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) ruled for Château Lafite Rothschild upholding a judgement of 79.17 million RMB. The plaintiff in the first instance, Château Lafite Rothschild, believed that Golden Hope Company (南京金色希望酒业有限公司), Chateau Lafite Company (南京拉菲庄园酒业有限公司), Huaxia Company (南京华夏葡萄酿酒有限公司), Junteng Company (深圳市骏腾酒业有限公司), Perun Company (杭州佩伦贸易有限公司), Zui Niu Company (北京醉牛酒业有限公司), and Jiu Sheng Company (上海久圣酒类有限公司) used “LAFEI MANOR” and “拉菲庄园” to infringe on its trademark rights  and damage the reputation …