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MIIT releases guidelines on classification and grading of industrial data
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 03 April 2020

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology recently released the Guidelines on Classification and Grading of Industrial Data (On Trial) to guide industry and IT administrations, industrial enterprises and industrial internet platform enterprises in carrying out the classification and grading of industrial data. According to the guidelines, 'industrial data' refers to data generated and applied throughout the lifecycle of products and services in the industrial sector.

Article 4 of new Trademark Law: an efficient weapon against bad-faith trademark filings
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 30 March 2020

The fourth amendment of the Trademark Law came into force on 1 November 2019. The revised Article 4 of the law now states that a "trademark filed in bad faith without intention to use shall be rejected". This modified version is also mentioned in Article 44.1 of the law, which provides that any trademark registered in violation of Article 4 and any trademark registered by fraudulent or unfair means will be declared invalid.

New personal information security specification released
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 27 March 2020

The State Administration for Market Regulation and the Standardisation Administration recently released a national standard circular to announce that the Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specification (Specification 2020) and seven additional national standards have been issued and will take effect on 1 October 2020. Specification 2020 was revised based on the Information Security Technology – Personal Information Security Specification which came into effect in 2018.

Trends in biotechnology patent prosecution
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 23 March 2020

China has witnessed a number of significant developments in biotechnology patent prosecution in recent months. The amended Patent Examination Guidelines, which the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has been implementing since 1 November 2019, brought significant changes to the use of human embryonic stem cells. Further, in one of the few cases of its kind, the Supreme People's Court overturned a CNIPA re-examination decision in a patent administrative litigation.

How should companies handle employee personal information during novel coronavirus outbreak?
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 06 March 2020

The novel coronavirus pneumonia has been classified as a Class B infectious disease under the Law on the Prevention and Treatment of Infectious Diseases and preventive and control measures for Class A infectious diseases have been taken. To cooperate with the state epidemic control measures and protect employees' health, employers must provide outbreak-related information on their employees, resulting in some special legal issues regarding personal information protection.

Use of recycled beer bottle without original embossed trademark deemed illegal
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 02 March 2020

In November 2019 the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) stated that when a trademark embossed on a bottle cannot be removed, recyclers should ensure that they cover said trademark with another label to avoid the likelihood of confusion. The CNIPA added that affixing another label bearing another trademark on a bottle, leaving the original embossed trademark visible, is insufficient to avoid confusion.

Highlights of AML draft amendment – coming changes to competition law
AnJie Law Firm
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • China
  • 27 February 2020

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) recently published the Draft Amendment to the Anti-monopoly Law (AML) for public comment. The draft amendment demonstrates the SAMR's strong stance on monopoly behaviour and is based on 12 years of antitrust enforcement. It conveys to the public that the Chinese authorities will strengthen enforcement relating to monopoly conduct. This article provides a summary of the draft amendment's main changes and the practical implications thereof.

Supreme People's Court Honda OEM case: end of a long story?
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 24 February 2020

When goods are manufactured in China by an original equipment manufacturer factory for export, the foreign buyer is not always the owner in China of the trademark that is affixed on the goods. But what if the trademark is registered in the name of a third party and such third party decides to sue the factory for infringement and stop the export of the goods? This is a long-debated question of which the courts have demonstrated different understandings.

What's new in revised draft of Anti-monopoly Law?
AnJie Law Firm
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • China
  • 20 February 2020

The State Administration for Market Regulation recently released a revised draft of the Anti-monopoly Law (AML) for public comment. In general, the revised draft follows the current AML's basic framework; however, it significantly enhances the legal liability of AML violators. This article highlights key changes proposed by the revised draft and discusses why these changes matter for business entities from a practical point of view.

SPC clarifies requirements for citing prior use defence in trademark infringement cases
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 17 February 2020

A recent Supreme People's Court (SPC) decision clarified the requirements to cite the prior use defence under Article 59.3 of the Trademark Law. In this regard, the court stated that the only person eligible to cite this defence is the prior user themselves and that such use must have occurred prior to the registration application and the trademark owner's use of the registered trademark. Further, for the first time, the SPC made it clear that geographical scope is a key element in defining the original scope of use.

Disputes over geographical indications
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 10 February 2020

Geographical indications identify goods as originating from a certain region or locality, where a given quality, the reputation or another characteristic of the good is essentially attributable to the natural or humanistic features of the indicated place. However, if an indication is accredited as a geographical indication in its country of origin, is this sufficient for it to be granted protection in China without being registered as a trademark?

Scope of reasonable protection in medical use claims
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 03 February 2020

Claims are technical solutions seeking protection and should be a generalisation of the content sufficiently disclosed in a patent description. However, poorly drafted claims that include inappropriate generalisations risk being unsupported by their description. When ascertaining whether a claim of medical use invention is supported, it is crucial to reasonably interpret the scope of the claim.

Beijing Communications Administration examines app network and data security
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 31 January 2020

The Beijing Communications Administration recently organised a two-month examination of the network and data security of apps to target the illegal, compulsory and excessive collection of user information. The examination selected 50 apps with a certain influence and number of users, covering social media, online rental and automotive services, online education, finance, online medical care, basic telecoms enterprises and six other areas.

Publication of cybersecurity threat information subject to government approval
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 24 January 2020

The Cyberspace Administration of China recently published the Administration Measures for Releasing Cybersecurity Threat Information (Draft for Comments) to solicit public opinions. According to the draft measures, the publication of cybersecurity threat information must be reported to regulators in a number of specific circumstances.

Antitrust in China – 2019 in review
AnJie Law Firm
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • China
  • 23 January 2020

China's antitrust enforcement agencies were reorganised in 2018. As such, new legislation and enforcement actions in 2019 attracted significant attention from practitioners and in-house counsel, with a view to gaining an insight into the new agency's enforcement trends and priorities (if any). This article underlines the most significant developments in legislation, public enforcement and private litigation in 2019.

Product innovation: litigation property preservation liability insurance
AnJie Law Firm
  • Insurance
  • China
  • 21 January 2020

In terms of premium revenue, China is the second largest insurance market in the world. However, regulators and insurers are often frustrated due to a lack of insurance innovation. In response to such frustration, litigation property preservation liability insurance has emerged and become a typical insurance solution to satisfy market demand and address unique Chinese insurance requirements in order to align them with the country's judicial system.

OnDemand Cybersecurity trends and issues: China
AnJie Law Firm
  • China
  • 17 January 2020

The Chinese government has been cracking down on the unreasonable collection of personal data, introducing a number of new guidelines to ensure compliance in this regard. On the horizon in 2020 is the potential finalisation of the cross-border transfer rules, which – in their current form – impose stringent requirements on affected companies. This video looks at China's recent approach to cybersecurity and what companies should do to ensure compliance.

SAMR publishes regulations discouraging bad-faith trademark applications
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 13 January 2020

The State Administration for Market Regulation recently published Certain Provisions for Regulating Applications for Trademark Registration. The new regulations set parameters for determining bad-faith practices and bad-faith applications for trademarks that are not intended for use. They also introduce procedures and countermeasures for identifying not only bad-faith applications, but also perpetrators (ie, bad-faith applicants), facilitators and enablers (ie, unethical trademark intermediaries).

Educational apps must be filed with education administrative departments
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 10 January 2020

The Ministry of Education recently published the Administrative Measures for the Filing of Educational Apps. The administrative measures require providers of educational apps and institutional users of educational apps to go through filing procedures and indicate that the ministry is tightening controls on educational apps in China.

Applicability of right of subrogation in Chinese reinsurance context
AnJie Law Firm
  • Insurance
  • China
  • 07 January 2020

Insurance subrogation is an important legal mechanism which enables insurers to reduce their losses after insurance indemnities are paid. However, opinions differ as to the application of reinsurers' right of subrogation. This article answers questions which frequently arise in this regard from a Chinese perspective.