Know your Territory – IP is a Territorial Right Registration in Europe Does Not Guarantee Protection in China

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TrademarkIntellectual property rights are by their nature territorially limited, which means that IPR within a country are independent of any such rights existing in other countries. If you register IP rights in Europe or elsewhere, this will not provide effective protection in Mainland China, or Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, which also require different registration procedures. Intellectual property rights are territorial due to the fact that they are offered and governed by each country’s own legislation.

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Alibaba – Who is responsible for keeping out the counterfeits?

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Alibaba_Chinese_logoChinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is back in the news this week, but with less fanfare than its biggest-IPO-in-history success story back in September. It has been criticised in a report from the State Administration of Industry & Commerce (SAIC) over hosting the sale of counterfeits, among other illegal trading issues. Data from the SAIC suggests 63% of listed brand goods on the site are not genuine – no insignificant number to be sure. This has kicked-off a battle between the SAIC and Alibaba, with counter-statements from the company and a number of accounts of alleged infringements emerging from both sides.

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New EU and China IP Law Database launched

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IP Key, a project of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the European Patent Office (EPO), have launched the EU and China Law Database. It is an online database designed as a comprehensive resource of IP laws in Europe and China, containing over 1,600 documents (with ongoing updates).

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The Philippines gets IP-ready for the ASEAN Economic Community

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A few months ago we looked at how the members of ASEAN would be adapting their IP systems in the run-up to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) of 2015. We questioned whether it would be business as usual or whether this meant we would see real change in the region allowing for a more fluid and internally-accessible market. We have slowly started noticing a shift, most notably with the Philippines Continue reading “The Philippines gets IP-ready for the ASEAN Economic Community” »