China’s Supreme People’s Court Releases Summary of the Supreme People’s Court’s Annual Report on Legal Application in Intellectual Property Cases (2023)

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On April 24, 2024, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) released the Summary of the Supreme People’s Court’s Annual Report on Legal Application in Intellectual Property Cases (2023) (最高人民法院知识产权案件法律适用问题年度报告(2023)摘要).  The annual report “sorts out the following 41 legal application issues from the intellectual property cases concluded by the Supreme People’s Court in 2023.”  While not black letter law in the common law sense, the judgements may be intended to be influential among lower courts.

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.

3.5-Year Prison Sentence for Counterfeiting Maotai, the National Drink of China

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On April 8, 2024 the Shanghai Hongkou District People’s Court announced the sentencing of three defendants for the crime of of selling goods with counterfeit registered trademarks, specifically, Maotai, a brand of baijiu, the national liquor of China.  As of January 2022, the police had seized more than 200 bottles of the counterfeit Maotai with a total value of over 500,000 RMB at two stores.