Shanghai Police Announce Arrests in Hasbro Transformers Criminal Copyright Case

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Shanghai may be becoming the venue of choice for criminal prosecution of intellectual property infringement.  On July 23, 2020, the Shanghai Public Security Bureau announced the arrest of several individuals affiliated with the Wei Jiang Company (“威将”) for criminal copyright infringement of Hasbro’s Transformers toys.  The alleged sales volume of infringing goods was over 100 million RMB (~$14 million USD)  and more than 30,000 imitation products and parts were seized.  This follows the recent announcement of the conviction of Dyson trademark …

China’s National People’s Congress Latest Work Plan Includes Patent and Copyright Law Amendments in 2020

Posted on Categories Copyright, New Law, Rule or Implementing Regulation, Patents

On June 20, 2020, the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China released their NPC Standing Committee 2020 Legislation Work Plan.  The plan includes amendments to the Copyright law, a draft of which was already released earlier this year, and the Patent law, a draft of which was released over a year ago. Additional legislative projects relating to intellectual property law include promulgating a new personal information protection law and a new data security law.

China’s Copyright Administration Issues Notice on Photographic Works

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On June 11, 2020, the National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China published the “Notice of the National Copyright Administration on Regulating the Copyright Order of Photographic Works.” The Notice confirms photographs are protected by the copyright law and specifically the exception to copyright protection under Article 5(2) for news does not apply to news-related photographs.

China’s State Administration for Market Regulation Releases National Plan to Combat Intellectual Property Infringement

Posted on Categories Copyright, Patents, Trademarks, Unfair Competition

On June 5, 2020 China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR), which regulates market competition, monopolies, intellectual property, and drug safety, released a national plan to combat intellectual property infringement.  The plan is officially entitled “Key Points of the National Work to Crack Down on Intellectual Property Infringement and the Production and Sale of Counterfeit and Inferior Commodities in 2020.”  The plan lists 35 points in 6 areas covering trademark, patent, copyright, and trade secret protection and makes special emphasis …