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Everything You Should Know before Sending a Cease & Desist Letter in China

Posted in Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property

By Mia Qu, Hannah Sun and Wendy Dong King & Wood Mallesons’ Dispute Resolution group

To protect your IP rights, sending potential infringers a Cease & Desist Letter or Warning Letter (the “Letter”) is one of the most common tools. Is it a necessary step before starting any legal proceedings in China?What legal consequences does it entail? Are there any issues that must be attended to? How effective is the Letter? This article will try to project a bird’s eye view regarding everything you should know before sending the Letter to your potential infringers.

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Patent Disputes and Article 24 of Judicial Interpretation II

Posted in International Trade

by Li Zhongsheng, King & Wood Mallesons’ IP group

On behalf of Qualcomm Incorporated, King & Wood Mallesons (“KWM”) recently asserted several standard essential patents (SEPs) against Meizu, a Zhuhai-based handset manufacturer. Meizu concluded a license agreement with Qualcomm on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, in settlement of the royalty dispute after it was threatened with an injunction.. Article 24 of the Supreme People’s Court Interpretation of Issues of Application of Laws in the Handling of Patent Infringement Disputes … More…/更多

Who’s afraid of the IoT? IoTAA Security Guideline

Posted in Global Network

By Joshua Fisher and Michael Swinson  King & Wood Mallesons’ Melbourne office.

The “internet of things” or “IoT” may be the defining technology buzzword of our age. Certainly just about every technologist is busy explaining how the IoT will revolutionise the ways in which businesses work and societies function.

Yet, as IoT systems and devices proliferate, so do the security implications. While many benefits of the IoT can only be realised by expanding the ecosystem of interconnected IoT devices, this can also be one of its greatest flaws; networks are only secure as t… More…/更多

Protection of Standard-Related Patents — Analysis of a Dispute Between Sihuan Pharm and Qilu Pharmaceutical

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Li Zhongsheng and Song Xinyue King & Wood Mallesons’ IP group.

In January 2017, Beijing Sihuan Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Sihuan Pharm”), represented by a King & Wood Mallesons’ IP litigation team, succeeded in a patent infringement trial. The Inner Mongolia Hohhot Intermediate People’s Court (the “Court”) found that Qilu Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. (“Qilu Pharmaceutical”) had infringed two of Sihuan Pharm’s patents, and ordered Qilu Pharmaceutical to cease the infringement. The case involves standard-related patents in the pharmaceuti… More…/更多

The Anti-monopoly Risks of Asserting Standard Essential Patents in China

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Li Zhongsheng Lei Peng King&Wood Mallesons’ Intellectual Property Group

The nature and products of some industries, like wireless telecommunications, necessitate the incorporation of all essential patents related to the products into standards created by standardization setting organizations (“SSOs”). If they are to find buyers, manufacturers whether licensed or not must make products in accordance with the standards, therefore using standard essential patents (“SEPs”). Because of this, SEP licensing has become a focus of attention from anti-monop… More…/更多

Enforcement: the last mile of intellectual property litigation

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Chen Changhui King&Wood Mallesons’ Intellectual Property Group

Civil enforcement is the last step of civil litigation (incl. intellectual property (IP) litigation), which plays a key role to realise civil rights. Whether or not it operates smoothly tends to be a weighted indicator to a nation’s legal development.

Enforcement constitutes the last yet crucial step of the protection of IP right holders’ interests. However, similar to other civil disputes, arduous enforcement has always perplexed IP right holders, which may cause that they cannot get the full extent o… More…/更多

Trademark comparing: disclaimed part no longer valid even with distinctiveness

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Yang Hua  Ding Xianjie  and He Tongjun  King&Wood Mallesons’ Intellectual Property Group

What should we concern: when determining the level of similarity between trademarks, it should be limited to comparing the part that the citation mark has acquired the right to exclusive use with the mark in application. The part that is disclaimed of the exclusive right to use in an early registration even if has distinctiveness should not constitute a valid part for comparison and impede registration of a later filed trademark.

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Trademark invalid: registering in others’ name with no authorisation

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Yang Hua  Wang Fang  King&Wood Mallesons’ Intellectual Property Group

What should we concern: registered trademark, filed in the name of others without others’ authorisation should be deemed as “obtained through means of fraud” and should be announced invalid.

DELTASOFA’S S.R.L. (“DELTASOFA”) was established on September 19, 1985 by Vincenzo Liborio Calia, a skilled master carpenter in Europe who in 1965 started to design and produce sofas in south Italy and created the famous sofa brand “caliaitalia”. Nowadays the “caliaitalia” sofa produ… More…/更多

Analysis of the use of trademarks in OEM based on the legislative intent of trademark protection

Posted in Trademark

By Ding Xianjie King & Wood Mallesons’ Trademark Group

Whether OEM constitutes trademark infringement has been an area of controversy in the field of intellectual property for many years. The ongoing debate has arisen recently, mainly focusing on the following three points: a) whether export-related OEM constitutes trademark infringement regulated by the Trademark Law of the PRC; b) whether OEM satisfies the requirement of “prior use” with an ability to prevent others from registering the trademark on the same or identical goods by illegitimate means; c) whether OEM can de… More…/更多

Recent Proposed Amendments to China’s Patent Law: Will it help to improve the enforceability of patents in China?

Posted in IP

By Alex Zhang and Xuelin Ma   King & Wood Mallesons’ IP Group


By 2015, the Chinese government plans to double the number of patent applications filed with the State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”), such that applications will increase from 1 million in 2010 to 2 million per year.[i]  According to SIPO’s “National Patent Development Strategy (2011-2020)” (the “Patent Strategy”), “China will rank among the top two in the world in terms of the annual number of patents for inventions.”[ii]  The Chinese government also expects that “t… More…/更多

Insights on Drafting Pharmaceutical Patents from the “Supreme People’s Court’s Annual Report of Intellectual Property Cases”

Posted in Healthcare, Intellectual Property

By King & Wood Mallesons’ Healthcare Group

In April 2013, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) issued the“Supreme People’s Court’s Annual Report of Intellectual Property Cases”, in which the SPC included 34 typical intellectual property and competition cases from 2012 and summed up 37 issues of application of law with universal significance. In this regard, we made a summary of the patent cases related to the pharmaceutical industry in the report, for the purpose of assisting pharmaceutical enterprises in drafting patent applications.… More…/更多

Overview of Doing Business in China

Posted in Foreign Investment, Intellectual Property

By Zeng Xianwu King & Wood’s Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) Group

Since the reform and opening-up policy was introduced in 1978, especially in the past ten (10) years, the People’s Republic of China (the "PRC" or "China") has undergone significant changes.  China is a growth engine for the worldwide economy, fueling global expansion via higher output and trading relationships with other nations as well as greater contributions from domestic consumption.  Over last nine (9) months of 2011, China has already attracted contractual i… More…/更多

IP Report: Another Year Wiser

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Xu Jing King & Wood’s IP Litigation Group


On April 20, 2011, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China (the “SPC”) promulgated the Annual Report on Intellectual Property Cases (2010) (the “Annual Report”), which comprises the SPC’s 43 pieces of brief comments on 36 IP cases adjudicated by the same court in 2010. Based upon the nature of the disputes, the Annual Report is categorized into seven main categories, including: (1) Patent Cases, (2) Copyright Cases, (3) Trademark Cases, (4) Unfair Competition Cases, (5) IP Related Co… More…/更多


Posted in Intellectual Property

作者:徐静 金杜律师事务所知识产权诉讼


2011年4月20日,最高人民法院发布了《知识产权案件年度报告(2010)》(“年度报告”),年度报告中,最高人民法院对2010年36个已有最终结论性意见的案件作出了43条简短评析。根据知识产权争议的性质,年度报告分成了七个主要部分:(1)专利案件;(2)著作权案件;(3)商标案件;(4)不正当竞争案件;(5)知识产权合… More…/更多

Enforcing Intellectual Property Rights in the Next Internet Era

Posted in Intellectual Property

King & Wood’s Intellectual Property Group

In recent years, the world has witnessed several milestone events signaling the arrival of a new generation of global internet companies. Apart from the much-hyped dawn of social media, there is a much broader trend taking place, one that has outgrown the traditional boundaries of the tech sector itself. “In short,” as Marc Andreessen wrote in a recent Wall Street Journal column, “software is eating the world.” As corresponding developments are happening in China, this new era has caused and will continue t… More…/更多

SIPO Issues Amendments to Compulsory Patent Licensing Measures

Posted in Intellectual Property

By King & Wood’s Intellectual Property Group

China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) is able to issue compulsory patent licenses where an entity or individual who is otherwise qualified to exploit a patent does not succeed in obtaining a license on  reasonable terms and within a reasonable period from the patent holder. The new Patent Law of the PRC (the “Patent Law”) and the Implementing Rules of the Patent Law of the PRC (the “Implementing Rules”) both contain provisions regarding the compulsory licensing of patents… More…/更多


Posted in Intellectual Property


在中国,具备实施条件的单位或个人不能以合理条件或在合理期限内取得专利权人许可的情况下,国家知识产权局可以对该专利实施强制许可。中国专利法和专利法实施细则都规定了专利强制许可。国家知识产权局于2011年10月12日发布通知,就《专利实施强制许可办法修订草案(征求意见稿)》(办法草案)于11月13日前向社会各界征求反馈。… More…/更多

World IP Day 2011 in China Shows Progress in Copyright Protection, though Challenges Remain

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Richard W. Wigley of King & Wood’s Intellectual Property Group

Today in China, in conjunction with World IP Day 2011, numerous governmental agencies will actively begin a week-long promotion of the role of intellectual property in the nation’s economy, according to Han Xiucheng of the State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”)1. Such efforts are to be lauded, but it is well known that copyright piracy rates in China are still significantly higher (80-90+%, depending on the type of work) than those seen in developed countries, such as the United States… More…/更多

P.R.C. Courts Show Improved Efficiency in Handling Foreign-related IP Lawsuits

Posted in Intellectual Property, IP

By King & Wood’s Trademark Practice

Foreign companies often have concerns regarding whether the litigation process in an overseas venue will be efficiently handled by the relevant courts. In China, given the large increase in IP-related lawsuits in recent years, this is a reasonable concern. In 2009, P.R.C. courts had concluded 6,262 cases with a yearly increase of 31.89%. 1With such an upsurge in litigation, the P.R.C. courts have faced a very significant challenge.… More…/更多

IP rights and Antitrust – Awaiting Guidelines (and the Tsum-Sony Case)

Posted in Antitrust & Competition, Intellectual Property

By Susan Ning, Huang Jing and Angie Ng, King & Wood’s Competition Practice

We understand that the SAIC is currently working on draft guidelines (the guidelines) which will shed light on how Article 55 of the Anti-Monopoly Law (AML) will be enforced. It has been reported in the press that the SAIC has published a 4th draft of these guidelines and are currently consulting with the relevant stakeholders (we understand that these drafts are not publicly available). … More…/更多

China’s Indigenous Innovation Policy and its Effect on Foreign Intellectual Property Rights Holders

Posted in Intellectual Property

 By Peng Heyue,  King & Wood’s IP Department


Since the end of 2009, King & Wood has received regular requests from a number of foreign enterprises for advice on China’s ‘Indigenous Innovation’ Policy. These firms are concerned that the new policy will either force the transfer of their IP rights to China or will influence their business operations in the Chinese market by limiting their ability to compete with local domestic firms.

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Limitation of Actions Regarding Patent Ownership Disputes

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Li Ruihai and Su Juan, King & Wood’s IP Department

Patent ownership disputes arise, when a party challenges the ownership of a patent right at the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and files suit with the People’s Court to seek rectification of the ownership of the patent. Article 135 of the General Principles of Civil Law of the PRC (Civil Law) provides that "unless otherwise stipulated by law, the statute of limitations to file civil actions with the People’s Court shall be 2 years." The PRC Patent Law (Patent Law) provides no specific provisi… More…/更多

Just Do It!? Protecting Advertising Slogans in China Part II

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Jiang Ling, Partner, King & Wood’s Trademark Department

The term "works" used and protected under the Copyright Law refers to original intellectual creations in the literary, artistic and the scientific domain, in so far as they are capable of being reproduced in a certain tangible form. As for literal works, this refers to the works manifested in text form, no matter how long it is or what type or format of literature it uses. As long as it is original, it should be within the scope of protection by the PRC Copyright Law (as well as Trademarks as previously discussed). T… More…/更多

Hong Kong Budget Report: New Benefits for Inventors

Posted in Intellectual Property

By Kenneth Choy, Partner, Corporate, King & Wood–Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary, the Hon. John C Tsang, gave his annual budget speech Wednesday, February 24th. Buried in the 178 paragraph speech on the 2010-2011 Budget Report were two paragraphs relating to intellectual property rights. The issues mentioned by the Financial Secretary may benefit inventors and high-tech start ups.  … More…/更多