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War of the stones; The Lego Case (Part 2)

On September 2, 2020, Shanghai 3rd Intermediate Court announced on its official Weibo account that in the case of selling counterfeit LEGO products, the defendant Li was sentenced to 6 years imprisonment and fined 90 million RMB as principal criminal for copyright infringement through illegal business operation of counterfeit LEGO products in amount of 330 million RMB. The other 8 accomplices in this case were sentenced to imprisonment from 4 years 6 months to 3 years respectively and fined accordingly.

The infringing products involved in this case included 663 products from 47...

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China Flexpat Podcast: Daniel Albrecht about challenges of working in the Chinese playing field of law

A new episode of the China Flexpat Podcast is online!

Daniel Albrecht is an experienced attorney at law and runs an IP agency in Beijing. He points out the real challenges of working in the Chinese playing field of law and gives practical advice for newcomers.

Topics covered in 15 minutes:

1. The job market for attorneys in China

2. The biggest challenges and opportunities

3. What's the best part of working in China?

4. Differences between international and Chinese law firms

5. Required skills to succeed in the law field in China...

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Trademark infringement in OEM export trading, the HONDA case

On April 21, 2020, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) released its report on the 10 significant cases and the 50 typical cases in the field of intellectual property for the year 2019.[1]

The decision of the SPC on one of the 10 significant cases regarding trademark infringement of the trademark HONDA provides an instructive guidance for determination of trademark infringement in OEM export trading .

The infringed trademarks in this case are the three “HONDA” trademarks of Honda Motor Co. Ltd. which are registered for vehicles, motorcycles in class 12. The...

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How to close down a company in China after the Corona pandemic crisis

Affected by the COVID-19 pandemic 2020, many companies are unable or will not be able to continue operating their business in China. For companies facing such problems, we recommended that you cancel the company as soon as possible in accordance with the law, so as to prevent the company from being blacklisted by the Administration for Market Regulation and Tax Bureau due to abnormal operations which may cause you additional costs or affect your reputation negatively. After the company is properly canceled, the subject qualification of the company will be terminated legally, all...

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