Region: China

The law firm of 2027: lessons for the future from a cutting-edge trademark department

Featured in WTR Special Report Q3 2022: Brand protection 2027: Why trademark practitioners must prepare for the future now

Simmons & Simmons’ Darren Meale, Ben McGuire and George Chan reveal some of the unique ways that their firm is helping clients with ingenious tools and services, and what an effective law firm trademark department might look like in 2027

27 September 2022

IP offices grappling with metaverse-related marks, with Chinese examiners rejecting up to 80% of applications

INTA roundtable highlights challenges surrounding metaverse-related trademarks, with association to publish white paper later this year.

23 September 2022

Asia-Pacific trends and top filers: 2021

In WTR’s annual Asia-Pacific deep dive, we take a look at major trends in 2021 as well as the top corporate and law firm filers across five key jurisdictions.

15 September 2022

10 counterfeit hotspots in China that brand owners should be aware of

Featured in Physical marketplace counterfeit hotspots

In the latest instalment in our regular series on marketplaces around the globe that are reportedly notorious for being counterfeit havens, we head to arguably the world’s main focal point for fake goods: China.

13 September 2022

How IP offices are keeping up with AI, the metaverse and technological challenges

The rise of the metaverse, the need to increase diversity in the IP ecosystem and utilising AI better were on the agenda last week when leaders from the US and Asian IP offices convened.

12 September 2022

Pinduoduo enters US market; brands pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II; Heineken acquires Beavertown – news digest

In our latest round-up, we look at the French IP office announcing a multi-day outage of online trademark services, Hermès preparing for the metaverse, and much more.

09 September 2022

IP owners and e-commerce platforms team up against counterfeiters in Southeast Asia

Participating platforms in new initiative are AliExpress, Carousell, Lazada, Tencent, TikTok and Tokopedia.

09 September 2022

How letters of consent for similar marks could serve China’s national interests

As the view towards letters of consent shifts, Anna Li, Monica Fang and George Chan of Simmons & Simmons assess their current evidentiary value in China by analysing all recently published decisions from the Beijing Intellectual Property Court and Beijing High Court.

08 September 2022

China Customs’ “Batch of Typical Cases of IP Infringement” highlights importance of customs recordal

The “Batch of Typical Cases” serves as an important reminder to rights holders that recordal with Customs is a powerful tool to protect brands in China.

07 September 2022

The consequences of (and uncertainty over) trademark invalidations in China

Questions remain over whether Chinese rights holders, having successfully invalidated an infringing trademark, can obtain compensation for the damage suffered during the previous lifespan of the mark.

05 September 2022

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