01.03.2021 | China : Shanghai court awarded New Balance damages for over US$ 4 million in trademark infringement claims
A Shanghai court has recently awarded New Balance damages for RMB 25 million, over US$ 4 million, which is the highest amount of damages ever awarded by the China courts in favour of a foreign brand for trademark infringement and unfair competition. This is good news to foreign trademark owners, and also a perfect timing in response to the US government under the new President that China is taking a more serious stance against intellectual property copycats. In the past,... MORE
01.03.2021 | Hong Kong : A new direction to penalize China copycats in Hong Kong – criminal offence of money laundering
Hong Kong : A new direction to penalize China copycats in Hong Kong – criminal offence of money laundering Hong Kong Customs has recently laid criminal charges against China suppliers exporting counterfeits for the generally called “money laundering” offences. It shall involve two important elements to entitle the Hong Kong Customs to prosecute the offenders. 1. A bank account in Hong Kong which received the sale proceeds of the counterfeits from overseas buyers. 2. Conviction of a buyer in overseas... MORE
24.02.2021 | China : Distinctions between trademark opposition and declaration of invalidation
Distinctions between trademark opposition and declaration of invalidation In the course of business of companies, they may face trademark opposition and trademark invalidation. So, what is the distinctions between trademark opposition and invalidation? What are their respective examination subjects and standards of examination? This article will provide comparisons to explain about the two major procedures of the trademark legal practice. 1. Legal basis According to Article 33 of Trademark Law of PRC: If a holder of prior rights or an... MORE
24.02.2021 | Taiwan : Do you need a patent, trademark, or copyright?
Do you need a patent, trademark, or copyright? The intellectual property rights have become the mainstream trend in the world which is full of intangible assets. However, the most noticeable things are patents, trademarks and copyrights. In a daily life, we often see the term “infringement” on TV, and the party who infringes the rights is required to pay a large amount of compensation. By view of this point, are intellectual property rights very important to you? I think the... MORE
16.02.2021 | Registered trademarks-use of ® symbol in Hong Kong
Registered trademarks-use of ® symbol in Hong Kong Registrable trademark A trademark must have some uniqueness to distinguish the goods/services sold under the trademark from other goods/services. It is difficult to register trademarks that describe your goods (such as telephones) and services (such as telephone operators). This is by no means a sign that other traders may wish to use to promote or describe their goods and services, nor should they mislead the public about the nature of your goods... MORE
11.01.2021 | Do you need to register your trademark?
What is a trademark? A trademark is a sign that distinguishes the goods and services of a merchant from those of other merchants. Generally, trademarks can be words (including personal names), descriptions, designs, letters, characters, numbers, graphic elements, colors, sounds, smells, product shapes or their packaging or any combination of them. In order to be able to register it as a registered trademark, the symbol must be displayed graphically. Why register a trademark? Registering your trademark means that you have... MORE