Last July the thirteenth National People's Congress has released its second draft amendments to the Patent Law. Open for comments until mid-August, it provides some new terms that are improving the level of patent protection that we analyze in the first article.
In the second article we deal with a recent case involving Qierte Co., from Fujian province, and New Balance, the American brand which has been troubled by the copycat shoes bearing different N logo since it entered China. We talk then about the simplification of some time-consuming and costly procedures provided by the new draft of the Provisions on Evidence in Civil proceedings involving IP disputes. Once effective, this simplification will be of great benefit for foreign IP rights owners.
Big news also in the field of online market: the PRC Civil Code, effective on January 1st, 2021, for the first time establishes several provisions regarding the conclusion and performance of electronic contracts. Read more about this topic in the fourth article.
Finally, starting from the case of Martell's bottle copycat, we give you some good alternatives to protect your liquor brand, so you can be sure that what you're drinking, while reading GossIP, is the real Cognac.
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