China promulgated an electronic commerce law on August 31, 2018, effective, January 1, 2019.  Of interest to intellectual property rights (IPR) holders, the law makes e-commerce platform operators potentially jointly and severally liable with IP infringers and enables the relevant administrative department (e.g., the China National Intellectual Property Agency (CNIPA)) to fine platform operators up to 2 million RMB (~$291,000) for failure to protect IPR. The law also formalizes a mechanism for IPR disputes on e-commerce platforms. Continue Reading China Promulgates Electronic Commerce Law

In light of China’s merging of Patent and Trademark Offices, China has renamed the State Intellectual Property Office to the National Intellectual Property Administration (中国国家知识产权局). Both English and Chinese websites now show the new name as of August 29, 2018.  Click here for more information about the restructuring.