Topic: Asia

COVID-19: Global crackdown sees rise in counterfeit and unlicenced medical products

90 countries were involved in Operation Pangea XIII, the annual global coordinated operation to tackle the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices. Health regulatory authorities, customs and police officers from 90 countries took part in collective action aiming to prevent the illegal online sale of medicines and medical devices, including counterfeit face masks …

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Better industrial designs protection for designers as Singapore joins Locarno Agreement

The Locarno Agreement will enter into force, with respect to the Republic of Singapore, on March 19, 2020. Industrial designers are set to obtain greater assurance in protecting their designs in Singapore when the Locarno Agreement enters into force on 19 March 2020. With this, Singapore becomes the first in the ASEAN bloc to join the Locarno Agreement, …

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Major kiwifruit producer Zespri successfully defends IP rights

Zespri has emerged victorious in a 2018 civil action brought in New Zealand against a kiwifruit grower and their Whakatane-based company. On 14 February 2020, kiwifruit producer Zespri announced the successful result of legal action taken against a kiwifruit grower who brought the global brand’s protected plant material from New Zealand to China where it …

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Indonesia: New regulation on electronic systems and transactions

Government Regulation No. 71 of 2019 on the Implementation of Electronic Systems and Transactions revokes and replaces Government Regulation No. 82 of 2012 on the same subject. Recent Development After long discussion and the preparation of several drafts, the government has finally issued Government Regulation No. 71 of 2019 on the Implementation of Electronic Systems …

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Shanghai court finds infringement against ‘Overwatch’ game

Overwatch maker Blizzard Entertainment has been awarded 4 million yuan ($569,000) after a court found Chinese publisher 4399 Network guilty of copyright infringement.  Blizzard Entertainment, the US video game giant and NetEase, its local agent in China, has won nearly 4 million yuan (US$569,000) from a Xiamen-based game publisher and its Guangzhou branch. The Pudong …

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Malaysia’s accession to the Madrid Protocol

Malaysia became the 106th member of the Madrid System on 27th September 2019 Malaysia finally deposited its instrument of accession to the Madrid Protocol with the World Intellectual Property Organization on 27 September 2019 which allows the Protocol to come into force in Malaysia on 27 December 2019. It is anticipated that the new Trademarks …

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INTA urges brands to warn Gen Z-ers about counterfeit products during holiday season

The International Trademark Association calls on brands to warn Generation Z consumers, who will become the largest global consumer group in 2020, about counterfeit products. This holiday shopping season, the International Trademark Association (INTA) is calling on brands to step up their communications to consumers about the danger of counterfeit products—especially among Gen Z, which …

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EU & China pen landmark geographical indications agreement

This future agreement is likely to be one the most significant trade agreements negotiated in recent years between the European Union and the People’s Republic of China. The European Union (EU) and China have recently concluded negotiations on a bilateral agreement set to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GI) in China and 100 Chinese GI …

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Cambodia enacts a new E-commerce Law and a Consumer Protection Law

 Cambodia’s new laws aim to regulate the Kingdom’s e-commerce in line with the international community and ensure a level playing field in the business sector. In support of Cambodia’s rapidly growing economy, the Cambodian government enacted the Law on Electronic Commerce (E-commerce Law) and the Law on Consumer Protection (Consumer Protection Law) on November 2, …

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LG sues TCL in Germany for patent infringement

Three LTE patents are at the centre of multiple patent infringement lawsuits filed by LG against TCL. LG Electronics (LG) has filed multiple lawsuits in the German district courts of Mannheim and Düsseldorf against TCL, a Chinese handset manufacturer, for infringing its LTE technology patents. The lawsuits allege that TCL knowingly implemented technologies in its …

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