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

qu_miaoTo 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.

Purpose of Sending the Letter

Sending the Letter is not a condition precedent for the right holder to initiate legal actions in China. The purpose of sending the Letter includes:
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By King & Wood’s Trademark  Practice

The Tort Law of People’s Republic of China was adopted on December 26, 2009, under which the IP rights, including copyrights, patent rights, and exclusive rights to use trademarks, are protected as individual rights and interests. Wang Shengming, vice-chairman of the Legislative Affairs Commission under NPC, commented, "Tort Law provides supplementary reference to the protection of IP rights."Continue Reading Tort Law Provides Supplementary Protection to IP Rights