201901.01

China: Parliament plans stronger penalties for infringement of intellectual property rights

The Chinese parliament is considering a law that would allow punitive damages in tort cases. This long-awaited bill specifically targets infringements of intellectual property rights. If an intellectual property right is intentionally violated and the circumstances are considered “serious”, the owner of the intellectual property rights will be in a position to claim punitive damages. In recent years, the amount of pecuniary sanctions resulting from acts of counterfeiting has gone up. It is to be hoped that the law will produce deterrent effects (chinaipr.gov.cn, 27 Dec. 2018).
In the same vein, the Parliament is also considering increasing the penalties for counterfeit drugs (chinaipr.gov.cn, 26 Oct. 2018).

About IP Twins
  • IP Twins is an ICANN-accredited domain name registrar with 15 years of experience in domain name strategy and management. We represent trademark holders in UDRP proceedings.
  • IP Twins also offers anti-counterfeiting and anti-cybersquatting monitoring services. Detective, our monitoring software, identifies online counterfeits and cybersquatting. We collect evidence and remove references to counterfeits from hundreds of marketplaces, social networks and the web in general.
  • Should you need to complete these investigations, our team based in China can help.
  • Do not hesitate to contact us.