Supreme People’s Court Took AMSC v. Sinovel Wind Group Case On Software Copyright Infringement

In November, 2011, IP Dragon posed the question: Is American Superconductor (AMSC) the 21st century version of Don Quixote?, when it sued Sinovel Wind Group of Beijing for violation of trade secrets and software copyright infringement and demanded damages of 1.2 billion U.S. dollar, read here.     AMSC has filed four law suits against Sinovel […]

Chinese Car Wars

Carmaker Land Rover (which India’s Tata acquired from Ford) is suing Chinese carmaker Geely of Hangzhou (which acquired Volvo from Ford) for registering its Chinese characters “Lu Hu” in China. Land Rover says it used the characters for its “Land Rover” brand since the early 1990s. In 1999 Geely registered the “Lu Hu” trademark knowing […]

Three Main Problem Categories To Foreign Related IPR Litigation in China

The President Assistant of the Civil Fifth Court, part of the Beijing Municipal Intermediate People’s Court Number 1, Yi Jun gave his view on what are the most important foreign-related IPR ligitation problems. The President Assistant distinguishes three categories of problems: “1. The status of the person who signs letters of attorney on behalf of […]

IPR Jurisdiction: Third Civil Division of Haining Municipal People’s Court Specialises in Copyright and Trademark Disputes

Haining Municipal People’s Court in Zhejiang Province set up the Third Civil Division, specializing the trial of civil cases concerning copyright disputes, trademark disputes and other related types of intellectual property rights disputes. Read the article here. First instance IP appeal cases of TRAB and PRB will be heard by the IP Tribunal of the […]

Zhongyi Electronics to Microsoft: “See you in Court”

According to MarketWatch (head tip to China Economic Review) Microsoft is sued by Zhongyi Electronics for alleged copyright infringement for its Chinese character input method editor that Microsoft applies in Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows 2000 and Windows XP operating systems. The case will te held before the Beijing’s No.1 Intermediate People’s Court. Microsoft has […]

Did Schneider Electric Infringed Its Own French Patent In China?

These days a high voltage commercial dispute is raging in the transnational low voltage products industry about a utility model, (which falls under the Patent Law, see article 2). What happened? Saturday, September 29, the Wenzhou Intermediate People’s Court ruled in the case of the Chint Group Co. versus Leqing Branch of Star Electric Equipment […]

Santa Barbara Polo and Racquet Club Too Similar to Beverly Hills Polo Club for a Trademark

Beijing Nr. 1 Intermediate People’s Court confirmed the rejection of the Trade Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) of the application of Santa Barbara Polo & Racquet Club for a trademark. “[A]lthough the two trademarks had slight differences in English words, the posture of the polo player and the direction of the horse, they were similar […]

IPR: Overseas Parties Have 60 percent Success Rate at Beijing No.1 Intemediate People’s Court

Xie Chuanjiao of China Daily wrote the article International laws applied in local IPR cases, read here. Nothing new really, China has this obligation already since April 12, 1986 when it adopted its General Principles of Civil Law . When China became the 143rd member of the WTO on December 11, 2001, it automatically entered […]

FA Premier League Against Trademark Infringers 1:0

Sarah Butler reported for the Times Online about two rulings by the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court: The English FA (football association, nowadays called after their sponsor: Barclays) Premier League was victorious in a trademark dispute with Xiangshi Celebration Service Company, based in Jiangsu province. Beijing No. 1 Intermediate People’s Court upheld an earlier […]

Pfizer Accuses Guangzhou Welman Of Copyright Infringement

Pfizer sued Guangzhou Welman for alleged copyright infringement of Viagra reports Forbes. I wonder why Pfizer’s allegations focused on copyright infringement instead of patent infringement, or both. Or is copyright used mistakingly as the prototype of an intellectual property? Read more here In 2001 Pfizer obtained a Chinese patent license for ViagraJuly 2004 SIPO’s Patent […]

Baidu Acquitted Of Charges By HK Music Companies Of Copyright Infringements

In September seven Hong Kong music companies brought against Baidu, the largest search engine of China, a copyright infringement lawsuit. Beijing No.1 Intermediate People’s Court ruled that the accusations did not have adequate legal support. The seven companies were:Universal Music Hong Kong Limited;Go East Entertainment;Warner Music Hong Kong Limited;Sony BMG Music Entertainment (Hong Kong) Limited;EMI […]