China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Releases Second Batch of Guiding Cases of Administrative Enforcement

Posted on Categories Case, Design Patent, Patents, Trademarks

On March 31, 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the Second Batch of Guiding Cases for Administrative Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights (第二批知识产权行政执法指导案例).  Administrative enforcement provides for a second avenue for enforcement of intellectual property rights in China in addition to civil litigation.  The Guiding Cases include 3 cases covering patent infringement, trademark infringement and design patent infringement.

Europol: More Than Half of Counterfeits Originate in China

Posted on Categories Copyright, Design Patent, Trademarks

On March 7, 2022, the European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation (Europol) and the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) jointly released the Intellectual Property Crime Threat Assessment 2022. Per the Assessment, China (including Hong Kong) was the main source of counterfeits based on number of counterfeits and by value of the counterfeits seized at the EU external borders.  Almost 76% of the fake goods detained were for trademark infringement; design infringement was the second most reported at 23% …

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.

China Joins the Hague System for Designs

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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 …