Trademark squatting has been a common occurrence in China for many years, and even been a kind of “business” by trademark squatters, which has caused huge troubles to brand owners. It is not the case, as ordinary people might think, that all types of trademark squatting can be regulated by the explicit provisions of existing laws, otherwise the phenomenon would not be so difficult to eradicate.
Continue Reading A new ground to defend bad faith trademark registration – CNIPA rules that new trademark application should reasonably yield to prior trademark right if the applicant has full awareness of other’s prior trademark

长期以来,商标抢注现象在中国屡见不鲜,甚至曾经成为一门“生意”,给品牌拥有者带来无穷烦恼,因为并非如普通人所想像的那样,针对各类抢注行为都能利用现行法律的明确规定予以规制,否则商标抢注现象也就不会长期难以根治。
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Recently, Guangzhou IP Court ruled on its first trademark infringement and unfair competition case regarding parallel import, in which it found such acts should neither constitute trademark infringement nor unfair competition.
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平行进口通常指”未经知识产权权利人的同意,将国外合法生产的产品进口到国内”的行为。中国司法实践中对该行为的合法性尚无相关明确规定。在该案中,广州市南沙区人民法院及广州知识产权法院均认为,在平行进口的产品系在国外合法生产的正品的情况下,平行进口行为并不构成商标侵权及不正当竞争。
Continue Reading 广州知识产权法院首例涉平行进口商标侵权及不正当竞争纠纷尘埃落定

On April 21, 2020, Beijing Higher People’s Court released the Guidelines on Determination of Damages and Statutory Damages in Disputes over Intellectual Property and Unfair Competition (the “Guidelines”). It provides detailed guidelines on methods of damages calculation, punitive damages, recovery of attorney fees, evidence rules on defendant’s failure of producing evidence, and statutory damages. While the Guidelines have binding force among all the courts in Beijing, but it mirrors many existing practices across the country and is actually a secondary authority for all People’s courts. This note serves as an overview of those provisions related to trademark and passing off in the Guidelines followed by our comments and recommendations.
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2020年4月21日,北京市高级人民法院发布《北京市高级人民法院关于侵害知识产权及不正当竞争案件确定损害赔偿的指导意见及法定赔偿的裁判标准》(以下简称“《指导意见》”)。《指导意见》对损害赔偿计算的方式、惩罚性赔偿、律师费、举证妨碍以及法定赔偿等问题提供了较为详细的指引。尽管《指导意见》仅在北京高级人民法院辖区的各级法院适用,但是其与各地法院诸多既存的实践相一致,可以作为各地法院实践的参考。本文旨在对《指导意见》与商标及仿冒类不正当竞争案件的相关条款进行简单介绍,并提供我们的建议。
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On 21 April 2020, The Supreme People’s Court of the P.R.C. released Top 10 IP cases and 50 typical IP cases. We summarized the 5 trademark cases out of the top 10 cases below which respectively involve OEM,  invalidation based on adverse effect, punitive compensation,  protection of well-known trademarks, and application of “three-in-one” intellectual property adjudication system.
Continue Reading 2019 Top10 IP Typical Cases Released by the Supreme People’s Court of the P.R.C. – Trademark cases

2020年4月21日, 最高人民法院公布了2019年中国法院10大知识产权案件和50件典型知识产权案例。在十大知识产权案件中涉及商标法的有5件,我们在此总结了相关案情和典型意义。这五件案件分别涉及到定牌加工的侵权问题,不良影响的商标禁注禁用,惩罚性赔偿,保护知名品牌,以及“三合一”知识产权审判机制的运用问题。
Continue Reading 最高人民法院公布的2019十大知识产权案件中商标案件简评