Hello all! Once again, our friends at AFD China have released their monthly newsletter. Below, we have included some of the highlights from the August 2013 edition for your consideration:
- Between January and June of 2013, national prosecutors charged 3,805 individuals with infringements of IP rights in over 2,000 cases.
- The first ban on the circulation of trade secrets was implemented in a Shanghai court recently. As explained in the article, “trade secrets as a kind of intellectual property right were not properly protected under judicial practices for a long time”. This landmark ruling is a precedent for imposing a ban on trade secrets nationwide, and a huge step in mirroring practices taken in many countries.
- China intends to strengthen their relationship with Sweden regarding copyright protection, as the two countries met to lay the groundwork for future bilateral cooperation and communication.
- In other country-specific news, Russia and China recently discussed piracy and the opportunity to target the global issue together.
- The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) in China will take an active approach to improve market owner registration procedures.
- The Fifth Seminar Tour of Patent Cooperation Treaty was successfully held in Beijing from June 17th to the 21st, co-sponsored by SIPO and WIPO.