Taking Action Against Trademark Infringement in Indonesia

shutterstock_81193486-520x345Today’s blog post has been kindly drafted for us by our IPR SME Helpdesk expert Mr. Somboon  Earterasarun from Tilleke & Gibbins. Mr Earterasarun gives an excellent overview on how to fight against trade mark infringements in Indonesia. 

Indonesia uses a “first-to-file” system, under which trademark owners must register their trademarks before they are able to take action against infringers for trademark infringement. The earlier your trademarks are registered and the wider their scope of protection, the better chance you have to exercise your rights and protect your intellectual property (IP).

As a trademark owner facing infringement of your IP rights in Indonesia, there are a number of important considerations to be aware of, and you have various means of recourse available to you. Continue reading “Taking Action Against Trademark Infringement in Indonesia” »

Protection of IPR in the Automotive Industry in China

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LandWindYour IP in the Chinese Automotive Industry

The automotive industry in China has seen rapid expansion over the last decade; the automotive parts market alone was worth RMB 1.5 trillion (€179 billion) in 2010 and the increasing volume of vehicle sales in the country predicts that the trend is set to continue. There are clear opportunities for European businesses to profit from this booming market but precautionary steps must be taken to meet the challenges that China poses.

When  it  comes  to  Intellectual  Property  (IP)  protection,  international  small  to  medium-sized businesses that invest in the local automotive industry should be aware of the IP risks that they run when operating in China, and the main tools at their disposal to protect against those risks.

Currently, the most important factors that allow international automotive businesses to operate in Chinese Tier 1 and Tier 2 markets, are their established contacts with global car manufacturers (the Original Equipment Manufacturers, or OEMs who produce parts or components for sale to other manufacturers to market under their own brand name – for more information you can watch the China  IPR  SME  Helpdesk   webinar  on  OEM  in  China),  their  technological  capabilities,  and  their reputation for quality. This gives them an edge over many Chinese competitors that are relatively new and lack the regimented processes that are required to guarantee a high level of quality. Therefore  IP  –  in  particular  with  regards  to  new  technologies  and  the  ability  to  protect  this technology from Chinese competitors – will be a key factor in the battle for market share. Continue reading “Protection of IPR in the Automotive Industry in China” »

The Last (or First) Line of Defense: Using Customs to Protect your IPR in China

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customs1Businesses in Europe have increasingly benefited from Customs authorities acting to prevent counterfeit products from entering their borders – seizures of products infringing on others intellectual property (IP) make news stories around Europe every week. Not many businesses, however, realise that unlike most countries the Chinese Customs authorities not only have the power to examine and seize criminal imports, but also exports. China Customs have the authority to protect IP rights by confiscating infringing goods and imposing fines on infringers. If the infringement of IP rights exceeds a certain threshold, then the Customs authorities will also arrange for criminal proceedings to be brought against the infringing party.

The Customs IP Regulations provide that IP rights can be recorded with the General Administration of Customs (GAC) in Beijing. Although it is not compulsory to record IP rights at the GAC in order to apply to local customs for enforcement proceedings, it is beneficial for a company moving goods in and out of China, because if IP rights are registered with Customs, then Customs has the power to detain at will any suspected infringing consignment of goods. In addition, local customs offices are more proactive when IP rights are recorded with GAC mainly because the recordal provides Customs officials with easy access to internal IP databases and makes it easier for them to determine whether goods passing through Customs are genuine or counterfeit. Recordal of IP rights also facilitates the process of commencing Customs enforcement proceedings.

Given that the recordal of IP rights with GAC is free and straightforward, recording with GAC is recommended by the China IPR SME Helpdesk experts.
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The 2016 Amendment to Thailand’s Trademark Act – Its Changes, Significance, and Consequences

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trademarkThailand has issued new amendments to its Trademark Act, which will enter into force in the end of July, this year. In order to  allow you to familiarize yourselves with the upcoming changes, our IPR SME Helpdesk expert Mr. Franck Fougere from Ananda Intellectual Property has kindly drafted for us a blog post explaining the amendments to the Trademark Act and discussing their significance for the SMEs.

The widely forecasted amendment to Thailand’s Trademark Act of B.E. 2534 (1991 A.D) will become effective on July 28, 2016. Significant structural policy changes will include Thailand’s ratification of the Madrid Protocol and acceptance of sound marks for registration. Several other changes to be introduced via the Amendment will affect the mechanics of trademark registration and prosecution, and, thus, intellectual property (IP) strategy. Anticipated changes to the registration and prosecution process are discussed below. Continue reading “The 2016 Amendment to Thailand’s Trademark Act – Its Changes, Significance, and Consequences” »

Proposed Revisions to the Chinese Patent Law (December 2015)

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PatentToday’s blog post has been kindly brought to you by our IPR expert Mr. Toby Mak from Tee & Howe Intellectual Property Attorneys. In his article, which was first published in UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Journal,  Mr. Mak gives a detailed overview of the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office’s final draft of the proposed revisions to the Chinese Patent Law. 

In December 2015, the Chinese SIPO published their final draft of the proposed revisions (the proposal) to the Chinese Patent Law (the Law) to seek public opinion. Compare to the draft in April 2015 (please see my report in the May issue of the CIPA Journal), there are a lot of significant changes in this proposal, while many changes proposed in April 2015 were retained. This article reports these proposed revisions in the final draft, together with my comments.

As this article closely relates to mine published in May 2015 issue of the CIPA Journal, I will continue to use the same number scheme for various topics so that the two articles could be referred to each other.

To start with, let us have a look at the changes that have been retained and remain unchanged: Continue reading “Proposed Revisions to the Chinese Patent Law (December 2015)” »