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Punitive damages highlighted in new judicial interpretation on food safety
  • China
  • 01 March 2021

The Interpretation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Laws in the Trial of Civil Cases Involving Disputes over Food Safety (I) recently came into force. The 14-article interpretation sets out the scenarios in which various parties will be held liable and the level of compensation liability that they will assume. This article explores some of the interpretation's key takeaways, including with respect to e-commerce and parallel imports.

Publishing house awarded Rmb1.5 million in damages for trade dress copycat
  • China
  • 22 February 2021

The Commercial Press has published the Dictionary of Frequently Used Ancient Chinese Characters since 1979. It has been reprinted more than 160 times and sold over 22 million copies. The Commercial Press was recently awarded Rmb1.5 million in damages in the first court ruling in which a book planning firm and a publisher were held liable for joint infringement in a dispute concerning book decoration.

National People's Congress passes fourth amendment to Patent Law
  • China
  • 15 February 2021

The National People's Congress recently passed the fourth amendment to the Patent Law, which will come into effect on 1 June 2021. It has been eight years since the first draft was released for public opinion. This article provides an overview of how the patent regime will be updated.

Third amendment to Copyright Law
  • China
  • 08 February 2021

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress recently adopted the third amendment to the Copyright Law, which is the result of decade-long legislative efforts of the Legislation Office of the State Council and the National Copyright Administration. The amendment will enter into force on 1 June 2021. This article provides an overview of the key highlights of the new law.

Best strategies for fighting trademark squatting
  • China
  • 01 February 2021

The number of trademark applications has increased progressively in recent years and this has created serious adverse consequences, including with respect to trademark squatting. Rights holders must be aware that legal means are available to help them deal with trademark squatters and know that, since the government has decided to tackle the problem, these legal means are effective.


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