China Cracking down on Malicious Trademark Registrations

What do a deck of playing cards and a lighter have in common? ‘Nothing’, one could argue. On December 30th 2015, the Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court argued otherwise and endorsed a creative argument in a case involving the world’s biggest playing card manufacturing company and a malicious trademark applicant. The United States Playing Card […]

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Fighting Counterfeits in China – Light at the End of the Tunnel?

While many foreign companies believe that China represents an exceptional business opportunity, concerns over patent, trademark, and copyright protection have long been viewed as a barrier to moving forward. While knock-off and copy-cat products originate in many countries, China was for years — and still is — considered the most flagrant offender. In a private conversation with the Technical Services […]

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China’s New Trademark Law: Greater Protection, Higher Penalties and More Efficient Registration

The new Trademark Law was passed on August 30, 2013, to take effect on May 1, 2014, after nearly 10 years of revisions and several rounds of public comment. China’s Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress made a hearty attempt to outline ways to streamline trademark registration processing, afford greater protection for trademark owners […]

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