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Reduce, reuse, rebrand – Earth Day April 2021

Over the last year or so most of the world has faced challenges arising from the global pandemic caused by COVID-19. Among other things, the pandemic has provided an opportunity for raising greater awareness around how companies address environmental and social challenges and has highlighted the importance of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) issues. In … Continue reading

Strategies with marks and names for foreign enterprises entering China

Authored by Frank Liu, Shanghai Pacific Legal   Although the pandemic has had a significant impact on economies around the world this year, China’s buoyant economy has continued to attract a significant amount of foreign investment. In contrast to foreign enterprises with mature operations in China, a new enterprise will often face the issue of … Continue reading

CNIPA responds to a pandemic of COVID-related TM Applications

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, numerous Chinese trademark squatters have surfaced with applications for marks closely related to the pandemic, such as “雷神山” (“Lei-Shen-Shan” in Chinese, which is a hospital built in response to the pandemic), “火神山” (“Huo-Shen-Shan” in Chinese, also meaning a hospital built in response to the pandemic), “方舱” (“Fang-Cang”, which … Continue reading

Testing and trade secrets: marketing may eliminate rights

Marketing testing procedures and results often provides compelling data to influence customer decisions. But, doing so may impede potential trade secret misappropriation claims. As further described below, a federal court recently granted summary judgment against a trade secret misappropriation claim because the company advertised information about testing equipment, operations, and outcomes. (S&G Labs Hawaii v. … Continue reading

Combating the unsustainable rise of patent application numbers in the PRC

In the last decade there has been an exponential increase in the amount of patent filing originating from China, which, according to a recently published USPTO report, can be attributed to certain non-market factors including subsidies and targets set by various governmental authorities in China. Coincidently, or perhaps not coincidentally, the China National Intellectual Property … Continue reading

GIVE ME ONE REASON (Why I Should Settle this Copyright Infringement Dispute)

Sampling is a popular form of music borrowing, and it is common practice for artists to experiment and create derivative works of an existing song before obtaining a license from the copyright holder. This creative process received significant attention in a copyright infringement dispute brought by singer songwriter, Tracy Chapman, against rapper, Onika Tanya Maraj … Continue reading

Michael Jordan deserves an apology from Qiaodan Sports for infringing his name rights for over 20 years

According to the Shanghai Xinhua News Agency, the Shanghai Second Intermediate People’s Court handed down a first instance decision on 30 December 2020 in favour of Michael Jordan against Qiaodan Sports Company and Bairen Trading Company (both Chinese local companies) in respect of infringement of Michael Jordan’s name rights. In the lawsuit, Michael Jordan claimed … Continue reading

Federal Court updates guidance on COVID-19

On January 18, 2021, the Federal Court (FC) issued its latest COVID-19 Practice Direction, which supersedes all prior COVID-19 practice directions. The FC’s facilities in Ontario and Quebec have been closed in light of the recent public health measures to combat the pandemic. The FC will continue its operations remotely in these two provinces until … Continue reading

Simpler by Design

Changes to the design system under consideration set to benefit Australian Designers – Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 As we kick off 2021, Australian designers may soon be bringing in the New Year with new design laws. The Designs Amendment (Advisory Council on Intellectual Property Response) Bill 2020 (the Bill) … Continue reading

China quietly updates its Copyright Law

On 11 November 2020, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress passed the amendments to the China Copyright Law (the Amendments), which will take effect on 1 June 2021. This is the third time the Copyright Law has been amended since it was promulgated in 1990. The first comprehensive amendment took place in 2001, … Continue reading

Burritos, Biden & Branding; Trump & Trademarks

When thinking about the 2020 United States presidential election, burritos may not be the first image that pops into your mind. But companies in industries ranging from food and beverages to clothing apparel are using brand power to encourage people to vote in this year’s United States presidential election. This blog, while about the use … Continue reading
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