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IPR protection in China for the medical device industry: Case study

A European company in the dental instruments sector was selling its product in China through a Chinese distributor when it discovered a competitor in China was offering a similar product with lower specification using an identical design. The technical manual, diagrams and parts of the competitor’s...
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How to protect the interior design of shops in China

In 2011, the residents of Kunming, a city in the Southwest region of China, were delighted to find out that an IKEA shop had been established there. In actuality, the store is an enormous, multi-level copycat shop that sells modern IKEA-like furniture and even copies the distinctive blue and yellow...
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Protecting your online IPR in China

China has a population of over 1.3 billion people and as of June 2020, 940 million ‘netizens’ – people actively involved in online communities. With Alibaba Group and JD leading the way, e-commerce is now well developed in China. According to the World Economic Forum, from January to November 2020...
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European Commission adopts Action Plan on Intellectual Property

The European Commission has published a new Action Plan on Intellectual Property to help companies, especially small and medium-sized companies (SMEs), make the most of their inventions and creations. Intellectual property (IP) is a key driver for economic growth as it helps companies to valorise...
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Patent protection in China: know before you go

It is a given that patent protection has to be requested before a respective product is introduced to a domestic national market. However, it is less often considered how a product may appeal in other world markets, and that these may not extend automatic protection for an invention registered back...
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IPR protection in China for the medical device industry - a case study

A European company in the dental instruments sector was selling their product in China through a Chinese distributor. The company discovered a competitor in China was offering a similar, but lower-specification product, using an identical exterior design, colour scheme, and control interface. The...
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Registering Top Level Domain names in China

Internet usage is truly booming in China, with more than 701 million ‘netizens’ (as of December 2016), China connects more people to the Internet than any other country. In fact, every fourth person on the Internet is from China. Facilitated by the increasing availability of broadband technology and...
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Bad Faith Trade Mark Registrations in China and How to Deal with It

Prior trade mark registrations, also called ‘bad-faith registrations’, are a significant problem that many European companies encounter in China. This process commonly involves a Chinese company first registering the trade mark of a foreign company in China with the express intention of selling it...
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Dealing with Partners and Employees: Writing a Good Manufacturing Non-disclosure Agreement in China

In this article, we will discuss protecting IP when seeking Chinese manufacturers and will address what it takes to design an NNN (non-use, non-disclosure, and non-circumvention agreements) which can pose enough of a credible threat to dissuade contract violations. Defining protected information...
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Back to the Basics Series: The realities of doing business in China – Copyrights and Trade Marks

China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) system has come a long way in the past 30 years, and development continues – a revision of the trade mark law came into force in May, paving the way for more thorough protection for rights holders. Although China is now coming into line with international...
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Managing Intellectual Property as a Financial Business Asset in China

For most businesses, intangible assets represent more than 50% of the value of the enterprise. The most significant group of intangible assets are those protected by intellectual property such as inventions, designs and brands. Since they form such a large part of the overall value, their management...
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The China IPR SME Helpdesk: Free IP information and support service for EU SMEs

The principle issues surrounding IPR development, protection and enforcement are essential to all aspects of your business. Your IPR strategy should be considered one of the main pillars of your business. A strong IPR strategy and proactive preparation not only helps to prevent IPR-related issues...