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Reviewing IP-related mergers in China

Reviewing IP-related mergers in China

The assessment of mergers involving intellectual property rights is not subject to any special restrictions. As a result, competition authorities have the same authority to assess mergers involving intellectual property rights as they do non-intellectual property-related mergers. An assessment of the competitive impact of a merger including intellectual property rights The consideration of the competitive impact of a merger including intellectual property rights by the competition authority follows the same basic principles as mergers that do not include intellectual property. Given [...]

CNIPA Organizes a Regular Press Conference to Discuss IP Culture Development

CNIPA Organizes a Regular Press Conference to Discuss IP Culture Development

The IP culture theme of respecting knowledge, promoting innovation, integrity, law-abiding, and fair competition has thoroughly entered the public’s hearts and offered strong support for China’s transformation into an IP powerhouse. The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) held a regular news conference on March 30 for the first time, introducing IP culture growth and the future project schedule. At the press conference, the reporter learned that the CNIPA has worked diligently over the years to support IP culture growth [...]

Overview: the Chinese patent enforcement process

Overview: the Chinese patent enforcement process

Patent rights can be enforced against infringers by filing a patent infringement lawsuit in civil court or filing a patent law violation allegation with the China National Intellectual Property Administration’s local offices (CNIPA). The local CNIPA office will determine whether there is a violation and if there is, it can order the infringer to terminate the infringement, but it does not have jurisdiction over damages for patent infringement. Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou all have specialized IP courts. In these three [...]

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Report on the Taxation of Trademarks and Complementary Rights in Europe

At the beginning of May 2022, the International Trademark Association (INTA) has just released a Report on the Taxation of Trademarks and Complementary Rights in Europe. The Report aims to give out clear guidance on the tax implications with regards to trademark lifecycle in the European Union, the United Kingdom, and Switzerland. The report was announced during INTA’s 2022 Annual Meeting Live+, taking place virtually and in-person in Washington, DC, April 30-May 4.  With this report, the brand owners, and trademark practitioners [...]

IPOPHL launched the IPOPHL Learning Activities Workspace (ILAW) in the Philippines, IPOPHL launched the IPOPHL Learning Activities Workspace (ILAW) , the IPOPHL Learning Activities Workspace (ILAW) in the Philippines, the IPOPHL Learning Activities Workspace, ILAW,

IPOPHL launched the IPOPHL Learning Activities Workspace (ILAW) in the Philippines

To support the spreading of IP awareness to all people in the entire world, the IPOPHL has recently launched the IPOPHL Learning Activities Workspace (ILAW) in the Philippines. This marks one of the greatest achievements of a Southeast Asia IP Office in regards to an online IP learning system.  ILAW The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL) Learning Activities Workspace (ILAW) is the official e-learning platform of the IPOPHL to support its mission to build an inclusive intellectual property system serving [...]

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Raising IP awareness in the young generation in Singapore

The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) and the National Youth Council (NYC) have recently conducted a joint survey called the Singapore IP and Youth survey to obtain a general understanding of how the young generation in Singapore perceives Intellectual Property and all the matters related. Through the survey, it’s clear that we need to raise IP awareness in the young generation in Singapore. Although Singapore is one of the fastest developing countries in the entire world, the young generation [...]

Elusive but effective: merchandising rights in fighting back against trademark squatting in China

Elusive but effective: merchandising rights in fighting back against trademark squatting in China

The Supreme People’s Court of the PRC (“SPC”) has issued a landmark ruling holding that a unique word developed in a fictional work can be protected as a prior right to invalidate a same later trademark registration if it fits specific criteria. Since 2015, two parties have been embroiled in a long-running trademark invalidation dispute. The trademark registrant, Shanghai You Qi Limited, wanted to register the term “Kui Hua Bao Dian” in standard Chinese characters as a mark for services [...]

The Russian-Ukraine conflict brought a trademark infringement case to McDonald's Peppa Pig, a trademark infringement case to McDonald's Peppa Pig, trademark infringement case McDonald's Peppa Pig, McDonald's Peppa Pig,

The Russian-Ukraine conflict brought a trademark infringement case to McDonald’s Peppa Pig

The Russian-Ukraine conflict has created many heavy consequences worldwide. In the IP world, the damage might not be so clear as in other sectors of society like oil, gas, food, etc. However, there is actually one trademark infringement case deriving from the conflict, the McDonald’s Peppa Pig case. Peppa Pig Peppa Pig is a British cartoon launched in 2004. The show is incredibly successful to the point that its parent company was acquired by Hasbro for $4 billion in 2019. Peppa Pig [...]

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Publicity rights on the fame of famous subjects in China and the USA

In our current developing world, there are probably as many celebrities as the stars in the sky. They also have a similar resemblance too. Normally, a celebrity will shine for some moment in the night but eventually, they will fade. However, it’s not about the famous duration of celebrities that is the matter but it is another aspect revolving around their fame – the publicity rights. So, what are the publicity rights on the fame of famous subjects? As we [...]

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The future of digitalized IP Office worldwide

What if there is a day that the physical IP offices will only be memories? At that point, all businesses will be conducted online through a modern, digitalized IP Office. The applicants and their representatives won’t have to waste time traveling back and forward to fill out the administrative papers, reducing a huge amount of time and money wasted. Although the picture is perfect but will the future of digitalized IP Office worldwide be made possible? The world is changing [...]

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