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.

China’s Supreme People’s Court Releases Summary of IP Judgements for 2023

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

On February 23, 2024 China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) released the Supreme People’s Court Summary of Intellectual Property Court Judgments (2023) (最高人民法院知识产权法庭裁判要旨摘要(2023)). Per the SPC, the summary was formed “to highlight the judicial concepts, trial ideas, and adjudicative methods of the Intellectual Property Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court in technical intellectual property rights and monopoly cases.” The Tribunal selected 96 cases from the 4,562 cases concluded in 2023, and summarized 104 key points as follows.

IP Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court Releases Top 10 Influential Cases at 5-Year Anniversary of Founding

Posted on Categories Case, Patents, Trade Secrets

On February 23, 2024, in honor of the firth anniversary of the establishment of the Intellectual Property Tribunal of China’s Supreme People’s Court (IPC), released a list of Top Ten Influential Cases. The Cases cover various technologies and areas of law including trade secret misappropriation, plant variety infringement, patent linkage and invention patent infringement.