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Updates from an international team of correspondents who report on recent developments in trademark law and practice in their home jurisdictions, as well as strategic issues and those relating to brand protection, portfolio management and value creation.

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Why three-year non-use cancellations have been hit so hard by evidence forgery

In a recent decision cancelling a registered trademark, a registrant forged invoices forming a chain of false evidence in an attempt to maintain ownership of a mark. The case highlights that forgery is relatively common in three-year non-use cancellation, with the costs low and inspection by authorities difficult.

22 JULY 2021

How to empower Chinese customs authorities

In the third and final instalment of a series on vital lessons to strengthen brand protection in China, we look at the General Administration of Customs’ new training programme.

15 JULY 2021

How to detect and capture infringing goods in China

In the second instalment of this series on effective brand protection strategies, we examine the different types of action that can be requested to monitor and seize counterfeit products.

08 JULY 2021

Beating infringement at the border – catching counterfeiters in China

When it comes to protecting goods at China’s borders, it is vital that brand owners know how to set themselves up for success. This series of articles outlines three steps for protection.

08 APRIL 2021

Copyright protection or trademark protection? Practical tips for rights holders

The number of copyright cases in China is increasing rapidly. Recent case studies provide practical tips on how to seek protection and what steps to take in disputes involving trademarks and copyrights.

11 FEBRUARY 2021

What the amendment to Article 4 of the Chinese Trademark Law means for bad-faith trademark filings

China’s first-to-file system has led to a significant increase in bad-faith filings and trademark hoarding. Fortunately, amendments to Article 4 of the Trademark Law should lead to a decrease in these malicious trademark practices.

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