China’s Supreme People’s Court Releases Top 10 Intellectual Property Cases in Chinese Courts in 2020

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In follow up to the earlier release of the Top 10 Technical Intellectual Property (IP) Cases of 2020, the Supreme People’s Court of China has released the broader Top 10 Intellectual Property Cases in 2020 (2020年中国法院10大知识产权案件简介) on April 22, 2021.   This list, in addition to technical IP cases, includes non-technical IP cases such as a Red Bull trademark case; a Lego criminal copyright case; as well as the Xiaoi patent invalidation case, which later led to a $1.4 billion USD …

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Releases Top 10 Cases of Administrative Trademark Adjudication

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On April 26, 2021, China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released released the Top Ten Cases of Administrative Trademark Adjudication (2020年度商标行政保护十大典型案例).  Administrative adjudication in China is an alternative to conventional civil litigation and can be quicker and less expensive than litigation. That said, generally only fines and injunctions are issued in administrative enforcement actions.  Those seeking damages should file a litigation at a People’s Court instead or in addition.

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Releases Top Ten Cases of Administrative Patent Enforcement

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On April 26, 2021, China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released released the Top Ten Cases of Administrative Patent Enforcement (2020年度专利行政保护十大典型案例).  Administrative enforcement in China is an alternative to conventional civil litigation and can be quicker and less expensive than litigation. That said, generally only fines and injunctions are issued in administrative enforcement actions.  Those seeking damages should file a litigation at a People’s Court instead or in addition. Case #5 below is of particular interest since it seems to …

TikTok Maker Sued for 2.274 billion RMB for Copyright Infringement and Trade Secret Misappropriation in China

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On April 30, 2021, Meishe Technology (美摄科技) announced it has sued Beijing ByteDance Technology Co., Ltd., Beijing Weibo Vision Technology Co., Ltd. and affiliated entities for computer software copyright infringement and trade secret misappropriation relating to ByteDance’s Douyin app (the Chinese version of TikTok) and other apps.  Meishe is requesting a public apology and 2.274 billion RMB (~$351 million USD) for damages and expenses.  Meishe Technology was established in 2014 and provides mobile video, audio, and image processing, recognition and …