China Trademarks: The Hits Just Keep on Coming

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Faithful readers of the blog will remember that we have expressed a combination of incredulity and bemusement at the massive numbers of trademark applications being filed in China over the past few years. Well, the hits just keep on coming. Read More

China Contracts: Good and Bad

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Here are three ultra-basic and nearly universally required terms to look at when a China lawyer evaluates whether a contract will work for China or not. Read More

China Copyright Protection: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Plagiarism

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How do you know when a copyright has been infringed? For years, this wasn’t even a question people asked in China because it was so obvious. Slowly but surely, though, China’s enforcement of copyright infringement has improved. Read More

Chinese Video Streaming Platform AcFun Reveals Security Breach

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Chinese video streaming platform AcFun recently revealed that hackers had stolen data of tens of thousands of user. The company apologized for the breach and admitted that the leak was due to insufficient precautions to secure the platform. Read More

China Movie Stars and The Two-Contract Problem

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Over the past couple weeks, the Chinese Internet has been abuzz with chatter about how Chinese movie stars allegedly underreport income via a dual-contract system in which only one contract is disclosed to the tax authorities. Read More

China Trademarks – For a Few Characters More

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Paramount Pictures could protect the Vin Diesel secret agent franchise “XXX” with a trademark registration, but the British band The XX and the seminal Los Angeles punk band X would be out of luck. Read More

Video Platform Douyin Sues Tencent for Defamation

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The court in Beijing’s Haidian district has accepted a case brought by Bytedance-operated short video platform Douyin which is suing Tencent for defamation and requesting RMB 1 million in damages including an apology. Read More

China Online Gaming: Trademark and Copyright and Patent Protections

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China presents a wealth of opportunities for foreign gaming companies, but (and this is true of pretty much every IP-laden industry), it also presents substantial risks. Read More

PUBG Corp Sues NetEase for Infringing Chicken and Pan Copyrights

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South Korea’s PUBG Corp, the developer of hit game Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), is suing NetEase in the US for copyright infringement, unfair competition and trade dress infringement over the Chinese company’s Knives Out and Rules of Survival. Read More

Dual Language China Contracts: Don’t Get Fooled!

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Foreign companies sign dual language contracts without knowing exactly what the Chinese language portion of their contract says. This is really risky dangerous. Many dual language Chinese-English contracts are silent on which language controls. Read More