China Dominates Priority Watch List 2012

April 2012, the Office of the United States trade Representative published its 2012 Special 301  Report. To really nobody’s surprise China is again on the Priority Watch List, together with Algeria, Argentina, Canada, Chile, India, Indonesia, Israel, Pakistan, Russia, Thailand, Ukraine and Venezuela. Contrary to Jeff Johnson Roberts’
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Does Changsha Windows of the World Infringe Angry Birds’ IPRs

The online game Angry Bird is a hit but as China Hearsay’s Stan Abram notices not only online. He is asking whether the software developer of Angry Birds, Rovio, should not become well, angry when its IPRs are being infringed in China (most probably also at the Windows of the World Park in Changsha, Hunan […]

Exposed Fake Kunming Popular News Story Debunked

Now that Kunming officially is the fake capital of China, IP Dragon sent a stringer there and in the name of genuineness and gonzo journalism we break the following shocking news. The reputable China Hearsay, got a tip from an anonymous blogger in Kunming. China Hearsay’s intern Kiki confirmed the news. That all the people […]

Press Conference: DaVinci Furniture GM’s Nose Grows Longer Than Pinocchio’s

Honest Pinnocchio by Mike He, a Chinese designer“It is your pencil that makes him lie” Source: Yatzer One night, the wood carver Geppetto general manager DaVinci furniture Panzhuang Xiahua had a dream. He She dreamed that the marionette would come to life company would import high quality furniture from Italy. Well it seems now exactly that, just a dream. […]

Shake or Crush Your Hand: Huawei versus ZTE versus Huawei

Photo: Danny FriedmannShake Or Crush Your Hand, you choose.  What if you are developing a product but your competitor has patented some technology needed to achieve the technical result? And at the same time you have some patents that you know you competitor likes to use? You might consider to cross-license. However, from a patent […]

Paradox of Strong Brands in China: Cause And Cure of Counterfeiting

If you have a strong brand, chances are that your trademark will be counterfeited in China. The counterfeiter can simply manufacture unauthorised copies of a popular brand: no developing costs, no marketing costs, and certainty about the demand. Then again chances are very slim that a company with a strong brand will counterfeit your trademark. […]

IP Dragon Speaks on 7th Annual Asia-Pacific IP Forum 2010

September 1, 2010, Stan Abrams of China Hearsay fame, and I will speak on Social Media (such as Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, but also blogs) and intellectual property (especially trademark and copyright) issues, during the 7th Annual Asia-Pacific IP Forum 2010. There is a lot to say about this subject. If you deem a related subject […]

Is It a Plane? Is It a Bird? No It is the Bleagle! Made in China

Stan Abrams of the China Hearsay (which has been totally upgraded) reports straing from the INTA in Boston about … Geely’s Gleagle. Mr Abrams is giving his always entertaining thoughts about trademarks that consist of made-up words. Read more here.

Is Coffee-Mate a Generic Term for Coffee?

Stan Abrams over at China Hearsay is posing a question mark whether Coffee-Mate in Chinese is a generic term and therefore diluting the trademark of Nestlé. See the China Hearsay article which is not devoid of humour here.

Fake iPhones: Rip-off or Innovation

iPhone in relation to China is in the news again. Stan Abrams of China Hearsay wrote about the alleged looming problems with Apple’s iPhone trademark in China, see here. And then I was interviewed by Sophie Pilgrim of France 24, the French BBC so to say, about a video by MacMedics and about iPhones, counterfeiting […]

Well Known and Less Known Aspects Of Well-Known Marks

In the USTR 2008 Report to Congress on China’s WTO compliance on page 4, one can read the following remarkable sentence: “…the promotion of famous Chinese brands of merchandise using what appear to be prohibited forms of financial support, …” So it appears to be a prohibited form of financial support, but the USTR is […]

IP in China; Never a Dull Moment

As the previous message pointed out, IP Dragon was occupied, so when I resumed blogging I immediately was confirmed by the facts and developments that this field of law is dynamic and fascinating, indeed: America’s WTO case against China challenging deficiencies in IPR laws have reached a new status, the US Trade Representative announced today […]