Microsoft Applies Doctrine of Landlord Liability To Software Piracy

Peter Ollier has an interesting article for Managing Copyright about Microsoft’s alleged first landlord liability case to tackle rampant software piracy. Microsoft is suing Beijing Chaoyang Buynow because two of retailers, Beijing Hongguang Century Trading and Beijing Zhuojue Elements Trading were selling computers with pre-installed counterfeit Microsoft Windows and  Office.  The other case, whereby Microsoft […]

Free webinar, ‘Patent filing strategies in China’

Managing IP, in association with Liu Shen, invites you to a free webinar, ‘Patent filing strategies in China’. It will take place on March 10th at 9.00 am EST / 2.00 pm GMT / 10.00 pm CST. China is becoming an increasingly important jurisdiction for patent owners around the world. To ensure that they can […]

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 […]

China’s Protectionism Promotes Chinese Patents

IP Dragon’s friend Peter Ollier of Managing Intellectual Property reports about the ‘Instructions for National Indigenous Innovation Product Application Procedures’, promulgated by the Ministry of Science and Technology and the National Center for Science and Technology in September 2009. See Mr Ollier’s MIP article here. In the Third Amendment to China’s Patent Law of 2008, […]

Guidelines of the Supreme People’s Court on Implementing the National IP Strategy

Last year China’s State Council promulgated the National IP Strategy (“National IP Strategy 2008: Feasible Commitments or Road to Nowhere Paved with Good Intentions” read here), a roadmap that must lead China to become one of the most innovative countries by 2020. The goals formulated in the National IP Strategy were laudable indeed. Question was, […]

New Draft Third Patent Law Amendment: Slight Improvements

In the beginning of this year there was not much reason for optimism regarding the third patent law amendment, read ‘Curb your enthousiasm. The earlier draft included the requirement that Chinese legal and natural persons must first apply for patents before making foreign applications. That’s why I wrote in July ‘Discover Your Invention in China […]

Peter Ollier interviews Netac’s Vincent Zhong

Netac Technology was the first Chinese company that sued an American company, PNY Technologies of Texas, for patent infringement (USB flash memory). The two companies settled their patent dispute out of court in March, read more here.Mr Peter Ollier interviewed Mr Vincent Zhong, vice-president of Netac Technologies about the dispute. In the interview Mr Zhong […]

Trademark and Trade Dress Infringement Case: Wangzhihe versus German Supermarket OKAI

Mr Peter Ollier of Managing Intellectual Properties investigates the challenges Chinese brands have in their strategy to conquer foreign markets, read more here. He mentioned the trademark infringement case of Wangzhihe (Beijing flavoured Beancurd), which was founded in 1678! according to Xinhua, versus OKAI, a German supermarket chain. A Munich Court started hearing the case […]

BitTorrent Uploader Loses Final Appeal

Remember the BitTorrent uploader in Hong Kong, who knick named himself Big Crook, and was sentenced three months in prison? Read more here. He lost his appeal in December 2006 and now his final appeal. Peter Ollier of Managing Intellectual Property reports about the Hong Kong Court of final appeal that confirmed the first criminal […]

Counterfeit Cars, Backlogs and Economic Nationalism

The Economist has an article about Counterfeit cars in China. It writes:“So far, legal action by foreign firms has proved nearly useless. The many writs, threats, injunctions and court cases have become embroiled in slow-grinding legal machinations, been thrown out on technical grounds or failed because foreign firms had not properly registered their designs.“ Some […]