On April 11, 2023, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) released the Measures for the Management of Generative Artificial Intelligence (AI) Services (Draft for comments) (生成式人工智能服务管理办法(征求意见稿)) regulating research, development and utilization of generative artificial intelligence products to provide services to the public within the territory of the People’s Republic of China. The CAC defines generative AI as “technologies that generate text, pictures, sounds, videos, codes, and other content based on algorithms, models, and rules.”
Category: New Law, Rule or Implementing Regulation
China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Releases 2023 Administrative Protection Work Plan
On March 7, 2023, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the 2023 National Intellectual Property Administrative Protection Work Plan (2023年全国知识产权行政保护工作方案). The Plan mentions cracking down further on abnormal (irregular) patent applications and malicious registration of trademarks, complete the revision of the Implementation Rules of the Patent Law, and promote the revision of the Trademark Law, etc.
China’s Supreme People’s Court & Supreme People’s Procuratorate Release Draft Interpretation of Handling Criminal Cases of Intellectual Property Infringement
On January 18, 2023 China’s Supreme People’s Court and China’s Supreme People’s Procuratorate released the Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in Handling Criminal Cases of Intellectual Property Infringement (Draft for comments) (关于办理侵犯知识产权刑事案件适用法律若干问题的解释（征求意见稿)). The Interpretation mainly sets thresholds for determining criminal prosecution, e.g., when there are “serious circumstances” in trademark infringement. The Interpretation will replace earlier Interpretations including the 2020 Interpretation.
China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Issues Draft Amendment to the Trademark Law for Comment to Reduce Malicious Trademark Registration
On January 13, 2023, China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the Draft Amendment to the Trademark Law of the People’s Republic of China (Draft for Comment) (中华人民共和国商标法修订草案（征求意见稿)). The Draft expands the Trademark Law to 10 chapters and 101 articles. Among them, 23 new articles were added, 6 new articles were split from existing articles, 45 articles were substantially revised, and 27 existing articles were maintained. Many of the amendments focus on reducing malicious registrations of trademarks and also introduces …