9-Year Prison Sentence and 600 Million RMB Fine for Criminal Copyright Infringement of Lego Sets

Posted on Categories Case, Copyright

On April 22, 2024, the Shanghai No. 3 Intermediate People’s Court affirmed the Shanghai Huangpu District People’s Court earlier ruling against principal defendants Long XX Company, Chen XX and Chen YY in a case of criminal copyright infringement of Lego sets.  The Court sentenced Long XX Company to a fine of RMB 600 million RMB; sentenced the principal defendant Chen XX to nine years in prison and a fine of RMB 20 million RMB; sentenced the principal defendant Chen YY  …

USTR Releases 2024 Special 301 Report on IP Protection – China Remains on the Priority Watch List

Posted on Categories Copyright, Design Patent, Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks

On April 25, 2024, the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) today released its 2024 Special 301 Report on the adequacy and effectiveness of U.S. trading partners’ protection and enforcement of intellectual property (IP) rights. China remains on the priority watch list with the USTR stating:  there remain many serious concerns regarding IP protection and enforcement in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).  In 2023, the pace of reforms in the PRC remained slow.  Stakeholders continue to raise …

China’s Supreme People’s Court Releases Top 10 IP Cases of 2023

Posted on Categories Case, Copyright, Patents, Trade Secrets, Trademarks, Unfair Competition

On April 22, 2024, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) released the Top 10 Intellectual Property Cases of 2023 and 50 Typical IP Cases of 2023. While not officially a common law jurisdiction, these cases have “demonstration and guidance functions” for lower courts.  The SPC also released the Top 10 Influential Cases earlier this year.

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%.