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BMW Wins Trade Mark Dispute against Two Chinese Firms

The Shanghai Intellectual Property Court ordered two Chinese companies (motor company Deguo Baoma Group and fashion house Chuangjia Group) to pay damages of f $432,000 to BMW after ruling in BMW’s favour in a trade mark infringement case.  Both companies… Continue Reading →

Innovation Investment Levels in the US and China

It has been suggested that over the last decade US government policies and legal rulings have pushed US investment money overseas to China.  A huge portion of the US economy relies on intellectual property industries which support more than 45… Continue Reading →

First Preliminary Injunction Issued by Guangzhou IP Court Since Establishment in 2014

In 2016 the Guangzhou IP Court granted its first ever preliminary injunction since its establishment in 2014.  The injunction was given to French designer brand Christian Louboutin owner of three Chinese registered designs covering the lid and container of a… Continue Reading →

Michael Jordan Won Rights to his Chinese Name in a Long Run Trade Mark Battle

Michael Jordan asked Chinese authorities in 2012 to revoke Qiaodan Sports Co’s trade marks, which featured a similar name and logo to Jordan’s Nike-produced brand and he claimed mislead consumers about its ties to him. In a recent ruling by… Continue Reading →

China Gets Patent World Record for 1m Filings in a Year

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) recently confirmed China had become the first country to file 1 million patent applications in a single year.  China is thus driving Asian-led growth in innovation worldwide: 62% of global filing activity for patents… Continue Reading →

Trade Mark Litigation on the Rise in China

Annual IP litigation trends in China indicate brand owners are increasingly opting to enforce their trade mark rights through China’s court system.  Between 2014 and 2015 there was a 13.4% increase in civil trade mark infringement lawsuits. Brand owners that… Continue Reading →

Innovation Increases in China

China is now ranked as the world’s 25th most innovative economy after moving up 4 places since 2015.  China is closing the global innovative gap by being the first middle income economy to make the top 25.  Some of the… Continue Reading →

UK and China Instigate Closer IP Partnership

Baroness Neville-Rolfe, UK Minister of State for Energy and Intellectual Property conducted an IP delegation between 20-27 August 2016 in China to reinforce UK and China IP collaboration to support innovation and creativity in both countries. Agreements and initiatives observed… Continue Reading →

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