Four Taiwanese Publishers Want Government to Ban Access to Foreign Piracy Sites

Four Taiwanese publishing companies have urged the government to change the Copyright Act and Telecommunications Act, so that there will be a possibility to ban access to foreign sites that provide pirated content.


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iPad, youPad, wePad? Who Is the Owner of the Trademark in China?

iPads for sale in the Apple Store at Central, Hong Kong Photo Danny Friedmann Apple introduced a third category, in between a laptop and smartphone, on January 27, 2010 (see the late Steve Jobs give the presentation here and demonstration here and here). April 3, 2010 it was intoduced in the U.S. and one month later in other places […]

Will the iPad Trademark Be Apple’s Forbidden Fruit?

Must Apple resellers in Dongmen, Shenzhen stop selling iPads?Photo: Danny Friedmann Kathrin Hille wrote for the Financial Times (FT) that (mother company) Proview Electronics of Taiwan agreed to sell Apple the “global trademark” for the iPad name for 35,000 UK pounds, according to Proview. “[B]ut the two companies have subsequently disagreed about whether that deal […]

Taiwan Dead Serious About Copyright On Funeral Music

Ralph Jennings reported for the Voice of America about two lawsuits of Taiwanese studios against funeral houses in Taichung. Mr Jennings writes: “Taiwanese funeral homes play pre-recorded music at traditional ceremonies, some of which also involve live bands and street parades to honor the dead.” Read more here. Lin Shu-hui previously wrote for the Taipei Times: “Music […]

Looking into the Back Mirror: “If I Were For Real”

If I were for real, is a 1981 Taiwanese movie (including Hong Kong teams) that was censored in Hong Kong when it was still a British crown colony, because it was deemed too critical about the privileged life of the happy few of party officials. Li Hsiao-chang (played by Alan Tam) tries to face the […]

Taiwan Shining Intellectual Property Blueprint For China Or Wishful Thinking?

What works for Taiwan, does (not)necessarily works for China,and vice versa. During the press conference for the “Piracy Out, Competitiveness Up” campaign in Taipei (Taiwan) the chief secretary of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Hung Shu-min said that Taiwan could be a model worth modelling for China in regard to bringing down business software piracy levels. […]

Cyber attacks: “Biggest Transfer of IP in History” Points To China

After eating a rat, one should stay vigilant.Photo: Tan Fugui Computer security company McAfee discovered that during a 5 year time span 72 organisation were infiltrated via the internet. Jim Finkle reports for Reuters about what Dmitri Alperovitch, McAfee Lab’s vice president of Threat Research calls “the biggest transfer of wealth in terms of intellectual property in […]

Taiwan IP Update: First Country That Protects Hologram In Its Trademark Law

Taiwan has amended its Trademark Act May 31, 2011. What has changed? Progressive trademark act, but with olfactory deficiency Photo: NASA via Wikipedia Listing counterfeit merchandise online will be punishable by fines of up to NT$50,000 and up to one year in prison.  According to the director-general of Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), Wang Mei-hua (王美花) the scope […]

Intellectual Property Bank in Taiwan and China (But Very Different)

Public sector The China Post reports that the Ministry of Economic Affairs is setting up an IP bank: “The intellectual property bank is scheduled to be set up in June under the supervision of Taiwan’s semi-official Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). The bank will provide “protective shield” for Taiwan-based firms, especially those in the areas […]

Taiwan Makes Priority Claims in Other Countries Possible In The Patent, Trademark and Plant Variety and Plant Seed Acts

Taiwan Intellectual Property Organization (TIPO) announced that the Presidential Office promulgated the amendments of some IPR laws on August 25, 2010, that makes priority claims possible in other countries. The amendments went into force on September 12, 2010. Implementing a principle of the Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property (article 4) and incorporated […]

USCC 2010 Report Released

2010 Report to [the U.S.] Congress of the U.S.-China Economic and Security Commission (USCC) has been released. The report is 324 pages long and IP Dragon will read those parts relevant to intellectual property in China, including market access, in the coming weeks. If you cannot wait read the 4 page opening remarks of Chairman […]

IP Dragon’s Book Review: Invisible Gold in Asia

Professor David Llewelyn (King’s College London and IP Academy, Singapore) wrote an exceptional book that will appeal to both laypeople and IP professionals. Although Invisible Gold in Asia does not aim to be a scholarly book (for example there are no footnotes), the book could not be written by a non-scholar. For laypeople the book […]

Fake Medicines Advertised on Taiwanese TV, Radio and in Newspapers

Taiwan’s Health Minister Yang Chih-liang warns that the public should not believe TV, radio and newspaper advertisments selling fake pharmaceuticals. Minister Yang called the proliferation of counterfeit drugs more serious than drug trafficking. Read the China Post article here.

Surrealistic Copyright Infringement During Design Contest TIPO: Work Shattered, But the Truth Came Out

China National News reported the most surreal news IP Dragon has read for a long time. The Taiwanese Intellectual Property Office (TIPO) organised a design competition. The purpose was to make the public respect the intellectual property of other people. The Taiwanese student Wu Chih-Wei won the contest with ‘Work – shattered’ a design of […]

BSA Software Piracy Study: Taiwan 39 Percent, Ranks 23th Lowest

Business Software Allicance (BSA) publishes its 2008 study of software piracy: May 2009, Sixth Annual BSA-IDG Software 08 Piracy Study. With 39 percent, Taiwan came in on the 23th position of the countries with the lowest software piracy, causing a 201 million US dollar loss in 2008 (215 million US dollar loss in 2007): Percentage software piracy Taiwan […]

Taiwan’s Three Strikes Sanction Less Strict Than French Equivalent

In the rebound the French Assemblée national adopted the Hadopi law today, which includes a “three strikes” sanction for file sharers of pirated works: repeat offenders will have their internet connection cut off after the third offense, see the France24.fr video about it here (in French) or here (in English). Besides France, Taiwan’s Executive Yuan has proposed an amendment […]

How to Sanction Lack of IPR Enforcement in China: Priority Watch List (IILA) or Foreign Country/Section 306 Monitoring Status (IACC)

The International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition (IACC) is an organisation that represents companies concerned with trademark counterfeiting and copyright piracy. The IACC submitted the following recommendations to the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) in their annual Special 301 review of intellectual property protection issues in foreign countries. As in the past years, China and Russia […]

MOU on IPR Between Philippines and Taiwan

Taiwan and the Philippines try to develop a so called Subic-Clark-Kaohsiung Corridor. Taiwan is located north of the Philippines, with the Taiwanese city Kaohsiung in the South. Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway is the longest toll expressway of the Philippines. PNA reports via TradingMarkets.com that the Philippines and Taiwan held the 16th Republic of Philippines-Taiwan Joint Economic Conference […]

Poisonous Optima Dog Food: Product Liability Or Blame The Counterfeiters?

Mr Ryan McLaughlin, blogger of Life in Suzhou, wrote about the death of Addie his beloved Golden Retriever around Christmas, read here. According to Mr McLauglin the cause is probably poisonous dog food. Addie was fed dog food from Optima, which is sold by food giant Mars, Inc. Andrew Schneider of Seattlepi.com wrote: “Mars is […]

US Customs Seizure Statistics 2008: “China number one, India number two and Hong Kong number three counterfeit producer”

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and U.S. Customs Enforcement divisions of Homeland Security gives some statistics about the numbers, characteristics and origins of counterfeit goods seized in the U.S. in 2008.IPR seizures of goods from China rose 40 % by value in 2008. Footwear from China accounts for almost 96% of all […]

AmCham to USTR: “Remove Taiwan From Special 301 Watch List”

America’s Chamber of Commerce (AmCham) in Taipei requested the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) to remove Taiwan from the Special 301 Watch List, a list of countries that are allegedly failing to adequately protect IPR and used as a trade tool. Carrot more effective than stick? In March, AmCham Taipei wrote a letter […]

WorkTools: “We Won the Judgement But it Did No Good” Part II

Yesterday, Mr Mike Marks, inventor and co-founder of WorkTools explained in Part I how is it possible that although they won at court in Taiwan it really did no good. In Part II below you will find a more detailed explanation by Mr Brad I Golstein, partner of WorkTools who manages their IP. Mr Brad […]

WorkTools: “We Won the Judgement But it Did No Good” Part I

Yesterday I blogged about an interview on WorkTools’ patent challenges in Taiwan and China, read here. I was like Mr Stan Abrams of China Hearsay, who came up with some interesting suggestions here, very interested to know the real answer. So I asked Mr Mike Marks by email who came up with some very interesting […]

WorkTools Inventor’s Experience With Taiwanese and Chinese Patents

Mr John Eastman of Black and White interviewed Mr Mike Marks, inventor and co-founder of WorkTools about patent infringements. WorkTools specializes in the development and licensing of patented mechanical products for consumers. The company invents products and enhances products brought to it by others. According to Mr Marks American companies in general try to work […]

Taiwan’s Exciting 2007: IP Case Proceeding, IP Court and Patent Attorney Acts

Tsai Lee & Chen describes 2007 as “exciting for IP professionals in Taiwan”. In the course of merely six months, the Legislative Yuan (Taiwan’s Congress) has passed three important laws and regulations related to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. Intellectual Property Case Proceeding Act; Intellectual Property Court Organic Act; and Patent Attorney […]

Alternative Business Models Emerge In Times of Pessimism About a Solution Against Copyright Piracy in China

That copyright piracy in China is a serious problem is confirmed by the article in China Daily. The General Administration of Press and Publication announced that 120 million audio and video products and 500 million unauthorized books a year were pirated. Read the China Daily here. Eric Priest a research fellow of the Berkman Center […]

Compulsory Licensing: Philips About to Bring A WTO Case Against Taiwan

Taiwanese company GigaStorage has a conflict with Dutch company Philips about a patent for the manufacturing of CD’s since 1999. After a complaint at the Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission it applied for a compulsory license of Philips’ patent for the manufacturing of CD’s, based on article 79 Taiwan’s Patent Law, which states:“In the case of […]