Chinese courts get tough on IP copycats

A brand can take years to build, but days to be copied. Global winemaker Chateau Lafite found itself in such an infringement in 2015. The company discovered then that a Shanghai-based firm had been importing and selling wine labeled "Chateau Moron Lafitte," similar to its registered trademark "Lafite." It appealed to a Shanghai IP court, a specialized court for handling IPR cases set up in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou in 2014. In February, the court judged that the Shanghai company should stop the trademark infringement and compensate Chateau…

NCAC released the Report of China on Development of Online Copyright Industry (2018)

On April 23, the Research Base of Online Copyright Industry under National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC) released the Report of China on Development of Online Copyright Industry (2018). According to the Report, China’s market of online copyright industry reached 636.5 billion yuan in 2017, an increase of 27.2% as compared to that in 2016. Among others, the user payment in the online copyright industry was up to 318.4 billion yuan, taking up more than 50% of the total. Based on the definition of WIPO about copyright industry, the Report defines the core online copyright industry a…

China urges US to assess IPR protection objectively

China on Saturday urged the United States to assess the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) by foreign governments including the Chinese in an objective, fair manner, and a spirit of goodwill. The statement was issued by the Ministry of Commerce on its website in response to the Office of the United States Trade Representative's Friday release of the "2018 Special 301 Report on Intellectual Property Rights." China has been placed on the office's Priority Watch List this year. "China objects to this move by the United States and urges the US side to faithfully fulfill its bi…