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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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铜表荣誉 | 铜表连续两年荣登《亚洲法律杂志》中国知识产权排名榜单

2021年月5月24日, 知名法律媒体《亚洲法律杂志》(Asian Legal Business)公布了2021年中国知产排名(ALB China IP Rankings 2021)。

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铜表荣誉 | 铜表荣获《商法》2021 年度卓越律所两项大奖

2021年5月17日,知名法律专业媒体《商法》杂志(China Business Law Journal)揭晓了“2021年度商法卓越律所大奖”名单(China Business Law Awards 2021)。铜表律所凭借出色的法律服务能力和良好的业界口碑,荣获以下两项殊荣:Notable achievers 卓越表现律所和IP (Patent) 知识产权 (专利)。这是铜表律所连续两年荣登年度商法卓越律所大奖。

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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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Legal risks of buying a trademark with a title defect

When ones own brand is preemptively registered by another person, or when one"s well-designed trademark is identical to a prior registered trademark, there are usually two ways of dealing with the problem. The regular remedy is nothing more than actively filing an opposition, invalidation, or withdrawal request to remove the applying barrier or conservatively modifying the original design. However, it can be difficult, costly, and time-consuming to cancel a bad-faith registration. The unconventional measures include short and simple measures such as buying the other party"s registered trademark, buying the other party"s company, etc. The "buy-it-all" strategy is a quick fix for superficial problems and is popular with the rich and powerful.

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