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China launches campaign to protect IPRs of foreign companies
China.org.cn, September 19, 2017
The Chinese government has begun a campaign to protect the intellectual property rights (IPR) of foreign companies.
The campaign will focus on malicious trademark registration and imitation of foreign brands, the Ministry of Commerce said Monday, citing a joint action plan by 12 government departments.
From September to December, the campaign will also target infringement of online IPRs, patent rights and plant variety rights, as well as industrial espionage, according to the plan.
IP in the Cloud: the China Perspective
Lexology, October 20, 2017
China is in the middle of a rapid shift towards cloud technologies. Execution of the 13th Five Year Plan will deliver substantial investment into cloud computing and the sector is undergoing unprecedented growth. Meanwhile, organisations operating in this digital economy face an increasingly complex intellectual property (IP) environment, as China becomes a global IP center and scales up IP protection, enforcement and penalties for infringement. Indeed, the number of cloud-related IP lawsuits in China grew 158% between 2011 and 2016. Against this backdrop, organisations face an important question: how can they take advantage of the enormous opportunities presented by the cloud in a way that manages this complex IP landscape? In this post, Matt Pollins and Nick Beckett from CMS look at the practical steps organisations can take to protect themselves and succeed in the cloud.
Taiwan approves major amendment to protect trademarks at the border
World Trademark Review, September 26, 2017
A major amendment in Taiwan to the regulations governing customs border measures will play a key part in protecting trademarks. The measures allow the owner of a trademark registered in Taiwan to file an application with Customs to have the trademark recorded on its database enabling Customs to seize counterfeits when it inspects imported or exported goods ex officio. The legal basis for this mechanism is rooted in the Regulations Governing Customs Measures in Protecting the Rights and Interests of Trademark, which is enacted pursuant to Paragraph 2 of Article 78 of the Trademark Act.
S.Korea urges DPRK not to violate property rights in closed inter-Korean factory complex
XinhuaNet, October 10, 2017
South Korea’s unification ministry on Tuesday urged the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) not to violate property rights owned by South Korean companies which had operated factories in the currently closed inter-Korean industrial complex.
US presses India on IP protection, market access and trade barriers
The Economic Times, October 27, 2017
Seeking to achieve a “more balanced” trade relationship, the Trump administration has pressed India on key issues like market access, lifting of trade barriers and intellectual property protection. During the first US-India bilateral Trade Policy Forum (TPF) under the Trump administration which was attended by US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Union Minister of Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu, India strongly differed with the American position on many of the contentious issues.
During a meeting in New Delhi last week, Indian Commerce & Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu announced how “extremely important” it is for India to protect intellectual property rights. Minister Prabhu noted that the Indian economy has undergone robust changes during recent decades and is now a leader in innovation and developing technologies.