China Ranks 7th in International Trademark Filings in 2011

China Ranks 7th in International Trademark Filings in 2011

Statistics from WIPO website show that 2011 saw the highest number of international trademark applications ever filed under WIPO’s Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid system). Applicants from China ranked 7th, filing 2,149 international applications, or 5.1% of the total. In 2010, China ranked 8th. In addition, China remained No.1 in designations. […]

Why Are Chinese Companies Keen on Acquiring European Companies?

Why Are Chinese Companies Keen on Acquiring European Companies?

Chinese companies seem to become frequent participants in oversea merger and acquisition activities these days. It is the latest move by Shandong Heavy Industry Group to acquire Italian luxury-yacht builder Ferretti yachts that seals a hectic year of shopping European companies by Chinese companies in 2011. “We now own some hundreds of patents and rights […]

The first instance verdict on Crayon Shin-chan

The first instance verdict on Crayon Shin-chan

 The Shanghai Municipal No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court gave its first instance verdict on the copyright lawsuit of Crayon Shin-chan on March 23, 2012. Shanghai Enjia Economy and Trade Development Co Ltd was ordered to stop infringement and pay RMB 300,000 ($47,000) to Futabasha Co Ltd in compensation. ‘Crayon Shin-chan’ is a cartoon character in […]

Key case for Apple drags on in China

Key case for Apple drags on in China

The final instance (second instance) hearing of the dispute between Apple Inc and Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Co Ltd over the use of the iPad trademark, was held in the Guangdong High People’s Court on February 29. The cause of this dispute can be traced back 11 years. ProviewTaipei, like Proview Shenzhen a subsidiary of Proview […]

Impact of new provisions

Impact of new provisions

 Invention, utility model and design are the three types of patent rights available in China. Chinese Patent Law and the Implementing Regulations include interesting provisions related to protecting the same invention-creation using both the invention patent and utility model patent. These provisions seem to have raised awareness of the Chinese utility model among applicants, especially […]

Biotech, Pharma and Chemical Invention Patent Practice Q&A

Utility Model Practice in China

Levi’s Triumphs in First-instance Trademark Dispute Case

Levi’s Triumphs in First-instance Trademark Dispute Case

  The Shanghai Pudong District People’s Court recently entered the first-instance judgment on trademark infringement lodged by Levi Strauss, ordering four defendants to cease infringement and indemnify 350,000 yuan in damages. The plaintiff claimed that the double-arc design on their products is a registered trademark. However it discovered that a similar pattern was used on […]

China Ranks Sixth in International Trademark Registration

China Ranks Sixth in International Trademark Registration

China became the world’s sixth largest applicant for international trademark registration this year, up one place from 2010, said Wang Binying, deputy director general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) at the 4th China Trademark Festival held in Chengdu, capital of southwest China’s Sichuan Province on September 6. Wang said that the country is […]

Apple Bites Back with 40 Patents Granted in China

  One of the most pirated brands in China now has more local protection after Apple was granted 40 design patents on Sept 9 by China’s Patent Office. The patents cover 37 of its products including the iPhone, iPad and MacBook Air, as well as the architecture of its three stores in Shanghai. Most of […]

Chinese Patent Documentation Become Must-search in PCT Examination

Chinese Patent Documentation Become Must-search in PCT Examination

  SIPO’s proposal on incorporating Chinese patent documentation in PCT minimum documentation was passed at the PCT Union of the 49th Assemblies of the Member States of WIPO held at Geneva, Switzerland on September 29. With this in effect, PCT member states are required to search Chinese patent documentation (invention) when performing examination for PCT […]

Trademark Prosecution in China

What is the difference between registering atrademark through the Madrid system and registering a national Chinese trademark? China joined the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks (the Agreement) on July 4, 1989. It entered into force in China on October 4, 1989. China joined the Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the […]