On July 27, 2020, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China (“SPC”) issued the SPC Guidelines Concerning Alignment of Application of Law and Strengthening Search of Similar Cases (Trial) (the “Guidelines”), which will come into effect on July 31, 2020. Strengthening search of similar cases is one of the improving measures in the Outlines for the Fifth Five-Year Reform of the People’s Court (2019-2023), and the similar case search has been tested in several people’s courts in different levels for years. This is an encouraging progress in PRC court’s efforts in resolving the issue of “different results on the same issue”, and it is expected to see more transparency and predictability in litigating IP cases before PRC courts.
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By Richard W. Wigley King & Wood Mallesons’ Intellectual Property Group

In China today, companies which have invested resources in developing their marks encounter numerous problems in protecting and enforcing their trademark rights.  First and foremost, they face counterfeiters who without authorization use their marks on the same or similar goods. In addition, certain companies or individuals will become “trademark pirates” or “trademark squatters” and register marks of a famous brand in China.  While some trademark pirates do this to “free ride” on the brand equity of the brand owner, some trademark squatters may do it in an attempt to “negotiate” payment from the brand owner in exchange for the mark.  However, if the holder of a mark in a foreign market contracts with an original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) in China for the manufacture of goods bearing said mark solely for export where the rights to said mark in the P.R.C. are held by another entity, are such actions (i.e. the manufacture solely for export of said goods) an infringement upon the P.R.C. trademark holder’s rights?
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By Susan Ning and Ding Liang King & Wood Mallesons’ Antitrust Group

The Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in the Trial of Civil Dispute Cases Arising from Monopolistic Conduct (“Anti-Monopoly Judicial Interpretation”), as adopted at the 1539th Session of the Judicial Committee of the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) in January 2012, were issued on May 3, 2012 and came into force on June 1, 2012. The Anti-Monopoly Judicial Interpretationreflects important experience accumulated in the judicial practice of monopoly civil disputes and is expected to play an important role in monopoly civil dispute cases. This article will briefly discuss the key issues involved in the Anti-Monopoly Judicial Interpretation. 

I .The Drafting Background of the Anti-Monopoly Judicial Interpretation
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作者:宁宣凤 丁亮 金杜律师事务所反垄断



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