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China IP Focus 2005

  • Editorial

  • Looking after Häagen Dazs

    Davis Wang has the task of protecting General Mills's intellectual property across greater China. After six months in the job, he explains to MIP what he has learnt about brand protection

  • Keeping a check on trade marks in China

    China's system of trade mark rights reflects the social, economic and legal transformation the country has gone through in the last 100 years. Yang Yexuan, deputy director general of the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board, explains the body's history and the challenges it faces

  • The USPTO's man in Beijing

    In September 2004 the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) appointed Mark Cohen, a long-time China specialist and attorney-adviser in its office of enforcement, to serve as its first intellectual property attaché to the US Embassy in Beijing. The unusual step showed the level of concern within the US administration about the way intellectual property rights are protected in China and its determination to improve the situation. MIP asked Cohen about the challenges he faces

  • INTA in China: one year on

    Just over one year ago the International Trademark Association launched its first office in China. INTA's Piin-Fen Kok explains what the Association has achieved so far

  • China in 2004 and beyond

    As foreign investment pours into China, many overseas investors anxiously scrutinize how the country enforces intellectual property rights. Tony Chen and Pilar Woo of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker highlight some of the most important trends of 2004

  • How to get a patent in China

    China has made a number of changes to the way it judges patent applications in recent years. Wu Guanle of Liu, Shen & Associates guides would-be patent owners through the rules

  • How to invalidate a Chinese patent

    Companies are increasingly turning to patent invalidation as a tool to fight patent disputes. Gary Zhang and Gu Hongxia of China Sinda explain how to make the most of the procedure to defend your IP rights and challenge those of your competitors

  • The benefits of fame in China

    Foreign brand owners were slow to make use of China's rules on well-known trade marks but a series of new laws and regulations introduced since 2002 should make the system more user-friendly. Sandra Gibbons and Philip Tsang of Lloyd Wise offer a guide

  • China and the art of trade mark litigation

    More and more trade mark owners are taking their cases to court in China. And as HUANG Hui and HUANG Yibiao of Wan Hui Da Intellectual Property Agency explain, with careful preparation and a clear strategy, the process need not be as daunting as many plaintiffs fear

  • The benefits of administrative action

    While interest in court action grows steadily, administrative remedies still offer trade mark owners in China many advantages. ZHUGE Beihua and WANG Yao of Beijing Janlea Trademark Agency explain what brand owners need to know to make the most of them

  • Getting to the heart of the counterfeiting problem

    China is one of the world's hotspots for fake goods. Kan Zu and Bradley Yu of Unitalen Attorneys At Law explain the root causes of the problem and what the government is doing to tackle the issue

  • Getting your IP strategy right

    IP owners have to balance long-term gains against short-term costs when devising their IP strategy in China. Lei Wu of CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office explains what companies must take into account when they develop their plan of action

  • Keeping trade secrets safe in China

    Owners of trade secrets have a number of ways to protect their rights in China. Xuemin CHEN and Xiaoguang YANG of Zhongzi Law Office explain more

  • How to protect IP rights in cyberspace

    As more and more Chinese people log on to the internet, the value of domain name rights increases. Guizeng (Wayne) Liu of King & Wood offers a guide to the latest laws and judicial decisions affecting intellectual property in cyberspace

  • Lessons from the Viagra case

    In 2004, the Chinese authorities invalidated Pfizer's patent on Viagra, unleashing sharp criticism about the country's record on IP protection. Samson G Yu and Ying Zhang of Kangxin Partners look behind the headlines to explain the decision and the lessons it offers patent applicants


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