How to Protect Public Service and Product Marks

(By Lv Xuanxuan)Information about “one-stop online services” and the app of “in Shanghai” for the general public appeared on the official website of “the People’s Government of Shanghai” on 22 February 2019. Online “windows” such as “in Shanghai”, “With You”, “One-stop Online Services”, “On Your Hands”, “On Your Fingertips” give more convenience to the public to deal with administrative affairs. However, the application of the internet plus will make it more difficult to prevent “free riders” in the public service area. Search results generated by search tools in certain apps using key words about the above services frequently show account numbers and service marks that are very similar to or even the same as the official service names. This article aims to explore the protection of public service and product marks in hope of contributing to the construction of the “service government”[1].

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Why Chinese Court Says No to Copyright Protection for Instruction of Pharmaceutical Products?

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(By You Yunting) Recently, the Foshan Higher People’s Court in Guangdong province heard a case and determined that medical instruction manuals provided with pharmaceutical and other medical products do not receive copyright protection.

In my opinion, this viewpoint is worth discussing. Although it is probably reasonable to presume that the defendant, as a drug distributor, has less of an obligation to be vigilant about copyright infringement than that of the drug manufacturer, the overall scenario coupled with the court’s decision to find non-infringement seems correct. However, in regard to the question whether the copyright law should protect medical product instructions, we find ourselves in a rather difficult position; it is not that easy to come to a simple conclusion. In today’s post, we will introduce and share the aforementioned case, as follows:

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A Trademark Infringement Dispute Caused by Recycled Budweiser Bottles

(By You Yunting)To save costs, Chinese beer manufacturers have been using recycled bottle to refill beer, and while most large-scale beer manufacturers will engrave their trademarks into their glass bottles, as well as recycle their own bottles. However, for small-scale beer manufacturers, such practices are impractical, and when small beer manufacturers use other larger manufacturer’s bottles with their trademarks, all the ingredients for trademark infringement are present. In today’s post, we will introduce to you two cases heard by two different courts concerning the same issue. 

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Conditions for Dormant Investment Compliance in China

(By Lear Gong) Regulation No.3 on Several Issues Concerning the Application of the Company Law issued by the Supreme People’s Court (“Corporation Interpretation III”), which was promulgated and came into effect on January 27, 2011, contains specific regulation on application of law with respect to dormant investment. Regulation No.1 on Several Issues Concerning the Hearing of Disputes Involving Foreign Invested Companies by Supreme People’s Court (“Foreign Investment Interpretation I”) also contains detailed regulation on dormant investment in companies.

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How to Make Administrative Complaints against Knockoff Software in China?

By Luo Yanjie

According to China “copyright law”, commercial using pirated software is a typical act of infringement. We generally recommend the right owner taking civil action against pirates. But in many cases, administrative complaints against them will be more efficient because it is hard to get “evidences”. Today, we would like to introduce how to start a copyright infringement complaint inChina.

I. Legal basis of administrative complaints to pirates users

The current “copyright law” article 47 provides:“Any of the following acts of infringement shall, depending on its circumstances, be demanded for civil responsibility such as cease of the infringement, elimination of effects, public apology or compensation for loss; if the act causes a damage to the public interests simultaneously, the copyright administration department may order the person committing the act to stop the act of infringement, confiscate his illegal gains, confiscate and destroy the infringing copies and impose a fine thereon; if the circumstances are serious, the copyright administration department may also confiscate the key materials, tools and equipment mainly used for making infringing copies; and if the act constitutes a crime, criminal responsibility shall be demanded according to law”. This is the law basis for China Administration of copyright administrative punishment. In addition, the” Regulations for the protection of computer software” article 24 also make similar provisions in the light of computer software tort ( similar with ” copyright law”, repeat no longer here ). And” Decree of the National Copyright Administration of the PRC ” also provides the jurisdiction of an administrative copyright complaint case belongs to the State Copyright Bureau and the local copyright bureau, and make detailed provisions of legal procedure.

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Full Text of Judicial Interpretation on Anti-Monopoly Law of China Supreme Court

The Supreme People’s Court issued Regulation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in the Trial of Civil Cases arising from Monopolistic Conducts yesterday and the new judicial interpretation of Anti-Monopoly Law will take effect on 1st June, 2012. We have translated the Chinese version into English as follows:

Regulation on Several Issues Concerning the Application of Law in the Trial of Civil Cases arising from Monopolistic Conducts

To ensure the proper judgment of civil disputes arising from the monopoly, prevent monopolistic conducts, protecting and promoting fair competition in the market, safeguarding the interests of consumers and social public interests, this regulation is enacted according to the relevant regulations such as the Anti-monopoly Law of the People’s Republic of China, the General Principle of the Civil Law of the People’s Republic of China, the Law of the People’s Republic of China on Tort Liability, the Contract Law of the People’s Republic of China and the Civil Procedural Law of the Peoples Republic of China.

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