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February 17, 2012, 11:12 am
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Why is silk street trapped in an astronomical infringement suit?

In the  Silk Street Market nobody has  an idea that the market is in the middle of a series of trademark infringement disputes. On February 7, Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court accepted an infringement case concerning 56 trademarks, made by 5 foreign manufacturers and 11 Chinese companies and shops. The five designer brands ask 28 million Yuan in damages.

The 5 companies say that the manager of the market and the landlord are indirect liable for their intentional act. In September 2005 the Silk Market was accused of an infringement for the first time. On the one hand the Silk Street Market has been making great efforts to protect IPRs, on the other hand the problem can only by solved by long-term efforts.

Source: China IP News


Baidu to launch free legal music downloads
June 9, 2011, 2:23 pm
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Baidu plans on launching a free music download service by the end of the month. The service will be called “Baidu Ting” and is currently being tested by a limited number of users.

China’s recent crackdown on intellectual property infringement has resulted in the shut-down of many similar websites—sites that offer free music streaming and downloading—and whether or not Baidu will eventually come under fire for this new feature is still an object of speculation.

The new music download program is, however, predicated on an agreement reached between Baidu and China’s music copyright society in which the artists will be compensated directly, making the downloads legal.

Foreign governments like the US have voiced their general support for Baidu.

Source: Financial Times

US investment in China drops
June 9, 2011, 2:09 pm
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According to the Ministry of Commerce, US investment in China dropped to 28%. Foreign direct investment (FDI), on the other hand, has maintained a double-digit growth rate from January to April. During this same time period, US investment decreased to 1.03 billion U.S. dollars; the number of US firms building headquarters or overseas branches in China fell by 3.85% to 475 firms.

Although the decline in US investments is sharp, economists have voiced optimist towards the situation, believing that the decline is temporary and that the Chinese economy will provide ample investment opportunities for the US in the long term.

Other nations, however, are not following suit. Investments from the EU rose by 23.42% to 2.64 billion U.S. dollars. Investments from Asia Pacific nations–including Japan, South Korea, and Singapore–grew by an even greater percentage at 31.23%.

The lessening US investments have been attributed to the US’s recent economic difficulties and declined manufacturing rate, but also to rising labor costs in China.

Source: xinhuanet

China police raid nearly 7,530 Dens for IPR Violations
June 9, 2011, 2:01 pm
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China police raid nearly 7,530 Dens for IPR Violations

The Ministry of Public security announced in a statement on Sunday that the campaign to halt production and sale of counterfeit goods, in process since last November, has been a massive success. The Ministry reported more than 10,300 intellectual property rights violations solved involving more than 2,600 groups and wholesalers.

An a related but separate effort, the Ministry solved more than 5,600 cases involving bank card crimes during the first four months of 2011, recovering a stunning 130 million yuan (approximately 20 million U.S. dollars) in funds. This figure indicates a two year increase of 16.2% and 33.3% respectively.

Source: SIPO English

Patent dispute continues between ZTE and Huawei
June 9, 2011, 1:50 pm
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China’s two dominant telecom enterprises ZTE and Huawei continue to battle in both German and Chinese courts over a series of patents. Now, ZTE and Huawei are set to come into conflict over an important new sector: cloud computing.

In the last week, ZTE released statements professing their focus on integrated circuit and cloud computing markets. Operating system CoCloud is the spearhead of the entire campaign. CoCloud has thus far been described in very general terms as “an OS that provides users with a clear view of system processes as well as being able to transfer resources to where they are crucially needed.”

ZTE’s president, Shi Lirong, said in a statement that the company’s cloud computing programs are slated to account for a third of total revenues. The firm is slated to open a cloud computing R&D center in Nanjing, which will employ 10,000 in an effort to maintain ZTE’s dominance in this promising but relatively un-tapped new sector.

Source: TechEye

China creates new agency for patrolling the internet
June 9, 2011, 1:41 pm
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The Chinese government has created a new organization called the State Internet Information Office to increase internet oversight. It seems likely that the new agency will absorb an array of smaller organizations that claim some jurisdiction online; China’s State Council Information Office said it was transferring its staff of regulators over to the Internet Information Office.

The new organization’s duties include directing “online content management,” online gaming, a welter of media mediums, and major news websites. The agency has been granted the authority to investigate and issue penalties to violators.

Source: New York Times

The impact of China’s consumers
June 9, 2011, 1:37 pm
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In his book published in late April, As China Goes, So Goes the World: How Chinese Consumers Are Transforming Everything, Oxford professor Karl Gerth explains two conflicting trends in Chinese consumerism: increasingly robust consumer markets—cars, kitchen appliances, ect—and widespread, difficult to eradicate counterfeiting problems.

Professor Gerth cites China’s growing ad market—40 percent increase over the last two decades—as one of the larger indicators of how consumerism is changing China. Chinese are not only more aware of new and “better” goods but are also more brand-conscious. Because of this rapidly expanding market and growing concerns about brand identity, Mr. Gerth argues, it is not long before Chinese tastes begin to shape global product offerings.

Source: New York Times