Tuesday, 18 July 2017

China Updates- IP/ Foreign Investment

Tencent recovered 139 domain names by action through the Hong Kong chapter of the Asian Domain Name Dispute Resolution Centre. The holder of the names was found, in short, to be cyber-squatting, failing on the three key issues of: whether the disputed domain names were the same as or similar to Tencent's trademarks; whether the holder had any right or legitimate interest in the disputed domain names; and whether the holder had maliciously registered and used the disputed domain names.

In addition to the 139 names recovered by Ten Cent, the holder had registered a further 2,100 domain names, many of them containing registered trademarks.

Foreign Investment
China's State Council released the 2017 version of its "negative list" to further facilitate foreign investment in the pilot free trade zones on 16th June, 2017. This is applicable to the 11 FTZs and the list will replace the corresponding 2015 list.

Then, on 28 June 2017, the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) and the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) together issued the Foreign Investment Industrial Catalogue for 2017. As for the negative list, this will replace the corresponding 2015 list.

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