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- China Enhances Sci-Tech Ethics Oversight
On 9 Oct. 2023, ten Chinese government departments, including the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, jointly issued the “Measures for Scientific and Technological Ethics Review (for Trial Implementation)” (科技伦理审查办法(试行), hereinafter the “Measures”) The Measures aim to regulate the ethical review of scientific research,...
- China Unveils Global AI Governance Initiative at Wuzhen Summit
On 10 Oct. 2023, the Chinese government issued the “Global Artificial Intelligence (AI) Governance Initiative” (全球人工智能治理倡议, hereinafter the “Initiative”) in both English and Chinese at the 2023 World Internet Conference Wuzhen Summit (2023年世界互联网大会乌镇峰会). The Initiative addresses three main aspects: the development, security, and governance of AI. The highlights of the Initiative include: guiding AI to...
- China Charts Future in Tech: Big Moves in Computing Power Infrastructure
On 8 Oct. 2023, six Chinese government departments, including the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, released the “Action Plan for the High-Quality Development of Computing Power Infrastructure” (算力基础设施高质量发展行动计划, hereinafter the “Plan”) The highlights of the Plan are as follows. The computing power infrastructure in the Plan refers to a novel productivity that integrates information...
- Chinese Business Dinner Etiquette: The Essentials
China Business Dinner Etiquette as Though it Matters Ten years ago, I’d often get asked about Chinese business dinner etiquette. Back then, “everyone” was going to China, and many were terrified about messing up. I would try to calm their nerves by explaining how etiquette is less important in China than it is in Korea...
- What’s New for China’s Rules on International Civil Jurisdiction? (A) – Pocket Guide to 2023 China’s Civil Procedure Law (2)
The Fifth Amendment (2023) to the PRC Civil Procedure Law has opened a new chapter on international civil jurisdiction rules in China, covering four types of jurisdictional grounds, parallel proceedings, lis alibi pendens, and forum non conveniens. This post focuses on the four types of jurisdictional grounds, namely special jurisdiction, jurisdiction by agreement, jurisdiction...
- The China NNN Agreement that Wasn’t
Introduction to NNN Agreements and Our Pioneering Role Our law firm was among the first to emphasize the importance of securing a China-centric NNN Agreement before sharing confidential information with Chinese manufacturers. We have consistently emphasized the value of NNN Agreements in the decades since. See, e.g., China NNN Agreements and China NNN Agreements Up...
- Navigating Partial Design Rejections in China
As outlined in our previous post, on June 1, 2021 the Fourth Amendment to the Chinese Patent Law came into effect, allowing partial claiming in design patent applications. Until this past May, examination of most Chinese partial claim design patent applications had been held up by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (“CNIPA”), since the...
- You Registered Your Trademark in China … Now What?
You registered your trademark in China, meaning congratulations are in order for having taken this critical step to protect your intellectual property. Now, how do you leverage your trademark registration for maximum effect? Here are some tips: 1. Record Your Trademark with China Customs Recording your registered trademark with China Customs is an important safeguard...
- SPC Publishes Competition and Anti-monopoly Typical Cases of 2023
On 14 Sept. 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) published ten typical cases of anti-monopoly and anti-unfair competition in Chinese courts in 2023, including five typical cases of anti-monopoly and five typical cases of anti-unfair competition. The five anti-monopoly typical cases include three cases of abuse of dominant market position involving four types of abuse,...
- China’s Record CNY 100M Judgment in Landmark Trademark Battle: 'Xin Pan Pan' Loses to PANPAN
The case involves a trademark infringement and unfair competition dispute against PANPAN, a well-known security door brand in China. On 31 Aug. 2023, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) rendered a final judgment in the case, upholding the original judgment and ordering the infringing party to compensate the trademark owner up to CNY 100 million (See...
- Blog on Doing Business in Asia
I want to call attention to a blog I just noticed that focuses on doing business in Asia, with a special emphasis on China. It can be found at this link....
- China Trademark “Theft”
Yesterday, I discussed a letter received by a U.S. company from someone in China who claimed to have secured the U.S. company’s China (cn) domain name and was trying to sell it “back” to the U.S. company. Though troublesome, the damage from domain name usurpation is typically small, particularly as ...
- Faked in China — Protection Is Possible. Register Your Trademarks In China.
A reader in Arkansas sent us an article from CSO Magazine [article link no longer exists], “13 Ways to Protect Your Company in China.” This article does a thorough job of both setting out the problems and putting forth a list of solutions. The article notes that “security experts don’t buy into...
- Steve Dickinson — “Amazing China Lawyer”
China Law Blog is pleased to loudly tout one of its own: Washington CEO Magazine just named co-blogger Steve Dickinson as a “Most Amazing Lawyer.” Steve was one of only five attorneys so honored and we will, of course, be providing more information on this when the March issue comes out. The...
- Is China Going Green? — Part II
A few weeks back, we blogged (here) about how citizen pressure was causing the Chinese government to starting making noises about stepping up its environmental enforcement. China Digital Times posted an article, today, entitled, Combating Pollution has Priority, about a just-issued Chinese...
- China Education Transactions: Look Before You Leap
Walter Hutchens’ Blog [link no longer exists] did an insightful and informative post today on a new China Ministry of Education opinion regarding foreign involvement in China education. In summation, the Ministry’s opinion stresses the need for China to maintain its domination of educational...
- Take Your Brain With You, Or How NOT to Handle Your Chinese Legal Matters
There is an expression applied to those who do something particularly unwise in China: “checking one’s brain at the gate.” I got a call the other day from an American who told me he was owed more than $250,000 by someone in China. The American told me he had given this person in China the......
- China Cracks Down On IPR Violators — The Numbers Prove It
I am frequently posting on how China IPR protection (though far from perfect) is both not as bad as widely believed and is rapidly and substantially improving. An Article in Today’s People’s Daily, IPR cases handled by Chinese courts on rise in 2005, empirically confirms the improvement. The...
- IP Dragon Returns From China IP Conference With Notes
The IP Dragon blog, which focuses on China intellectual property rights (IPR), today posted what it calls “the first installment of a series” on The IP in China Conference, just concluded in London. To summarize: 1. Most of the speakers agreed China was working to improve intellectual property...
- China’s Economic Future
An economist, a physicist and a chemist are stranded on an island with one unopened can of food. The physicist suggests they roll the can down a hill where it will strike a rock which will pierce the can and release the food. The chemist suggests they cool the can in the ocean then heat......