China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate Released 4 Typical Cases of Enforcement of Criminal Intellectual Property Laws

Posted on Categories Copyright, Trade Secrets, Trademarks

On March 1, 2022, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate (SPP) held a press conference on the theme of “Strengthening Intellectual Property Procuratorial Services to Guarantee Innovation-Driven Development in the New Era,” (检察机关知识产权综合性司法保护典型案例) releasing 4 typical cases of comprehensive judicial protection of intellectual property rights by procuratorial organs. The four cases cover criminal copyright infringement, trade secret misappropriation, and criminal trademark counterfeiting. Summaries of the 4 cases follow.

China’s IP Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court Releases Annual Report for 2021

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

On February 28, 2022, the Intellectual Property Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court of China released its Annual Report for 2021. The report discloses statistics about Tribunal including average length of case, number of cases per judge, total number of cases heard, etc. The report also references accomplishments of the Tribunal.

U.S. Trade Representative Names 6 Chinese Online Markets in 2021 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy Up 1 From 2020

Posted on Categories Copyright, Trademarks

On February 17, 2022 the  Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) released the findings of its 2021 Review of Notorious Markets for Counterfeiting and Piracy (the Notorious Markets List).  The Notorious Markets List highlights online and physical markets that reportedly engage in or facilitate substantial trademark counterfeiting or copyright piracy.  There is no penalty for being listed but the list has been used to encourage foreign companies and countries to crack down on piracy and counterfeiting. Of the 42 …

China Joins the Hague System for Designs

Posted on Categories Copyright, Design Patent

On February 5, 2022, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) announced that China joined the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs effective May 5, 2022.  The Government of China deposited its instrument of accession to the 1999 Geneva Act of the Hague Agreement on February 5, 2022. China is the 68th contracting party to the 1999 Act and 77th member of the Hague Union.  The Hague System eliminates the need to file separate and multiple applications in individual countries …