The National People’s Congress (NPC) issued a draft revision of the PRC’s Trademark Law for public comment in December, setting a deadline of January 31, 2013, for the receipt of comments. The NPC’s Standing Committee is expected to pursue two or three readings of the draft before enacting it, perhaps as early as mid-2013. The NPC is unlikely to provide further drafts for public comment. Continue reading →
The ongoing trademark dispute between Proview and Apple, which has now reached Apple’s home state of California, continues to draw attention around the world. A court in Pudong, Shanghai refused to grant the injunction against sales of iPads, while Huizhou intermediate court has granted such an injunction. An appeal from the first judicial decision from the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court, which was adverse to Apple, to the Higher People’s Court of Guangzhou has just been heard, a ruling at this level is usually final in China. The Chinese central government has, thus far, properly abstained from declaring a position in this dispute and it is too early to tell whether Supreme People’s Court will hear a further appeal.