On October 13, 2014, SAIC and MIIT jointly issued “Opinions on Reinforcing Collaboration on Supervision of Domestic Online Trading Websites and Active Promotion of the Development of E-commerce”. Simone IP Services has provided a translation here. The original announcement of SAIC is found at: http://www.scaic.gov.cn/zwdt/zxfb/201410/t20141013_177728.html.
The Opinion sets up a collaboration mechanism between these two important agencies. The intention behind this collaboration is to help address “management of domestic online trading websites, forcefully strike against illegal operation of domestic online trading websites, strive to create an online trading environment of fair competition, earnestly safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of consumers and vendors, and actively promote healthy development of e-commerce,” The issues that the collaboration is intended to address include “phenomena such as forgery and fraudulent use of legitimate market players’ identity for setting up website, intellectual property rights infringement, the sale of counterfeit and shoddy goods, malicious fraud, unfair competition, false advertising, etc.”
Online infringement has also been a focus of the National IP Leading Group. It issued a “Strategy for Working on Striking Against Infringement of Intellectual Property and the Manufacturing and Sales of Substandard Products in the Online Environment” ( 打击联网领域侵犯知识产权和 售假冒伪劣商品工作方案 ) on June 18, 2014 to step up enforcement and coordination for the second half of 2014.
Although this Opinion appears to be a positive step, greater international collaboration with on-line infringement a focus on the domestic environment may also need to be supplemented with increased international cooperation to address cross-border trade in infringing and substandard products.