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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.

China strengthens regulation of online audiovisual services
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 03 January 2020

The Administrative Provisions on Online Audiovisual Information Services, which were jointly issued by the Cyberspace Administration of China and two other departments in November 2019, recently came into effect. The provisions set out requirements for the creation, distribution and transmission of audio videos based on new technologies and applications such as deep learning and virtual reality.

Is filing a trademark without intention to use an act of bad faith?
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 23 December 2019

In China, the practice of defensive trademarks appears to be a guiding factor when determining the legitimacy of a trademark application, but said trademarks remain subject to cancellation in case of non-use. The main challenge is the bad-faith strategy of applying to register many different trademarks without the aim of using them. In this respect, the recent revision of the Trademark Law gives hope that such a highly prejudicial phenomenon will be progressively eradicated.

Shanghai Cyberspace Administration releases 2019 Network Security Incident Contingency Plan
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 20 December 2019

The Shanghai Cyberspace Administration recently released the 2019 Network Security Incident Contingency Plan. According to the contingency plan, network security incidents in Shanghai are classified as Grade I, Grade II, Grade III and Grade IV. If a network security incident occurs, the relevant entity must report it to the competent authority verbally within half an hour and in writing within one hour.

New cryptography law comes into force
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 13 December 2019

The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress recently approved the Cryptography Law. Under the law, cryptography is divided into core cryptography, ordinary cryptography and commercial cryptography. If a commercial cryptography product concerns state security, the national economy, people's livelihoods or social public interests, it will be included in the catalogue of critical network equipment and dedicated cybersecurity products under the law.

Draft rules on collection of personal data by apps revised
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 06 December 2019

The App Governance Panel recently published a new draft of the Information Security Technology – Basic Specification for Collecting Personal Information in Mobile Internet Applications. Among other things, the new draft sets out requirements for apps that contain third-party codes or plug-ins which can collect personal data and revises the list of 'necessary' personal data for a variety of apps.

Revised Personal Information Security Specification released for public consultation
AnJie Law Firm
  • Tech, Data, Telecoms & Media
  • China
  • 29 November 2019

The App Governance Panel recently released a revised version of the Personal Information Security Specification for public consultation following the previous draft versions published in June and January 2019. The revised draft includes amendments regarding unsubscribing from online services and the obligations of data controllers and processors in that regard.

Supreme Court decision on non-arbitrability of antitrust civil disputes
AnJie Law Firm
  • Competition & Antitrust
  • China
  • 28 November 2019

The topic of whether antitrust civil disputes are arbitrable has been hotly debated in China in recent years. There are few case law precedents in this regard and local courts have taken different positions regarding this issue. That said, the Supreme People's Court made its stance clear in a recent decision which found that an arbitration clause could not exclude the jurisdiction of Chinese courts in antitrust civil disputes.

Assessing non-obviousness in improvement drug invention patents
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 18 November 2019

Drug invention patents protect multiple types of invention, including compounds, crystal forms, dosage forms, preparation methods and uses. Nonetheless, in practice, it is difficult to patent improvement drug inventions in China. In proving the patentability of such an invention, patentees often face difficulties in establishing its non-obviousness (inventiveness).

TRAB releases statistical analysis on 2018 trademark administrative cases
Wanhuida Intellectual Property
  • Intellectual Property
  • China
  • 11 November 2019

The Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) has released analysis of its decisions that were challenged before the courts in 2018. In addition to this analysis, the TRAB has provided comments on the admissibility of evidence in cancellation cases based on non-use for three consecutive years. This article provides an in-depth overview of the TRAB's findings.