China IPR SME Helpdesk External Expert Charles Feng Interviewed by South China Morning Post regarding Intellectual Property Protection for Foreign-invested Companies in China

trademarkToday we would like to share with you an interview with China IPR SME Helpdesk external expert Mr. Charles Feng  from East & Concord Partners that was published in South China Morning Post. You will find the link below following the interview summary kindly drafted by East & Concord Partners. 

In August 2017, US President Donald Trump executed an administrative order to initiate an investigation against China in accordance with Section 301 of the Trade Act of 1974, on the basis that “China has stolen plenty of intellectual properties from American companies as well as forced American companies which plan to enter Chinese market to build unfair joint venture relationship with Chinese companies”. Thereafter, on September 8, 2017, twelve Chinese government authorities related to intellectual property protection, including State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”), Ministry of Public Security (“MPS”), State Administration for Industry and Commerce (“SAIC”), Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) and Supreme People’s Procuratorate (“SPP”), jointly issued the Action Plan on Intellectual Property Protection for Foreign-invested Companies, initiating a four-month nationwide campaign from September 2017 to December 2017 to combat infringements and criminal violations against intellectual property rights of foreign-invested companies. Whether a coincidence or not, the above two news may seem a little opposite, which draws much attention on the intellectual property protection for foreign-invested companies in China.

In preparation for its recent article Lessons from Donald Trump and Michael Jordan on Trademarking in China focusing on current status and strategies of trademark protection in China for foreign-invested companies, South China Morning Post (“SCMP”) interviewed several well-known experts in this field, including Charles Feng, partner of East & Concord Partners, and Liao Fei, partner at international law firm King & Wood Mallesons. Continue reading “China IPR SME Helpdesk External Expert Charles Feng Interviewed by South China Morning Post regarding Intellectual Property Protection for Foreign-invested Companies in China” »