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铜表两位合伙人入选北京市律协涉外人才库

日前,为深入学习贯彻习近平法治思想,贯彻落实习近平总书记关于积极发展涉外法律服务的重要指示精神,加快培养一批政治素质过硬,精通外国法、具备国际视野和较强法律实战能力的高素质涉外律师人才,更好地维护我国经济安全和发展利益,维护我国在海外的机构、人员合法权益,进一步为北京市“十四五”发展规划实施及“两区”建设贡献力量,不断培养储备一批通晓国际规则、具有世界眼光和国际视野的高素质涉外律师人才,提升北京市涉外法律服务水准和国际影响力,北京市律师协会决定在现有基础上,再次扩充北京市律师协会涉外律师人才库。

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商标被宣告无效前的使用行为是否构成侵权并赔偿?

根据司法实践,要结合原商标注册人在申请注册时的主观状态、核准注册后的实际使用情况、无效宣告裁定或行政判决书予以无效宣告所依据的主要法律理由等情形,对是否构成侵权、以及是否应当承担损害赔偿责任进行综合判断。

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Admissibility of Market Survey in Trademark Cases

Market survey evidence was rarely adduced in trademark cases due to high cost, supposedly inherently unreliability and uncertain admissibility by China court. But China Supreme Court and Beijing High Court have gradually made clear that certain market survey evidence can be used as evidence in court. We also saw more and more trademark court decisions where the court admitted market survey evidence in complex and high-stake trademark cases.

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TTL AWARDS | TTL Ranked among ALB IP Rankings 2021

Asian Legal Business, Reuters released the list of 2021 ALB China Intellectual Property Rankings on 24 May, 2021.

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TTL AWARDS | TTL Won 2 Awards by China Business Law Journal 2021

On 17 May, 2021, China Business Law Journal released the list of China Business Law Awards 2021. Twelve Tables Law Firm has been recognized as the winner in following two categories: Notable achievers and IP (Patent). This is the second time that Twelve Tables Law Firm has been recognized as one the winners by China Business Law Journal.

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Court provided protection for fashion design against knock-offs

Fashion designs are difficult to protect. Usually, aspects of product design do not qualify for protection under copyright law or trademark law, while design patents are difficult and expensive to obtain. Even if copyright protection is available, it could be difficult to enforce. When facing an infringer selling knockoffs copying hundreds of original designs of one company, it is time-and-cost-consuming for that company to file hundreds of separate copyright infringement lawsuits against that infringer.

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CNIPA Published Draft Guideline on Electronic Evidence to Ease Burden of Proof and Regulate Examination Standard

On 26 March 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration ("CNIPA") issued a 97-page long research report and draft guideline on "Electronic Evidence Guidance in Trademark Review and Adjudication Cases" ("the Guidance"), aiming to ease burden of proof and unify examination standard on electronic evidence in trademark review and adjudication cases.

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Cracking down bad faith trademark filings campaign launched

March 24, 2021, China National Intellectual Property Administration(“CNIPA”) issued a nationwide special action plan to crack down bad faith and preemptive trademark filings. According to the action plan, CNIPA will conduct a special operation from March 2021 to December 2021 to crack down on the bad faith and preemptive trademark filings, to enhance the quality of trademark filings, address social concerns over this issue, and help create a better environment for innovation and business.

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案例分析 | 对注册超过5年的商标能否提起侵权诉讼?

在常见的商标侵权案件中,被控侵权商标一般未注册,或是申请中的商标、异议中的商标。一旦相对方将涉嫌侵权的商标成功注册了,权利人往往选择先就对方的注册商标提起无效或撤销程序。但有时行政程序结果不理想、或耗时太长,在这种情况下,权利人可考虑直接提起民事侵权诉讼,要求停止使用并主张损害赔偿,以民事程序的有利结果来引导行政程序最终的妥善解决。 本文结合双方之间权利冲突的不同类型,尤其是针对注册超过5年的注册商标能否提起侵权诉讼,主张停用并请求损害赔偿,以及此类案件中往往发生的民事行政程序交叉进行分析,并提出相应的建议。

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1st civil decision on misuse of trademark registration system

The court decision in BRITA GMBH v. a Shanghai company [case no. (2017) hu 0112 minchu 26614)] issued by a Shanghai district court in September 2020, is the first civil decision in China where the defendant was found unfair competition by filing bad faith trademark applications, oppositions, and invalidations against the plaintiff.

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