Chinese and Western media have reported that former Supreme People’s Court IPR Tribunal Chief Judge Kong Xiangjun and former Deputy Chief Judge of the SPC’s first Circuit Court has been dismissed from his work at the SPC. Shanghai Jiaotong University, Koguan Law School also announced on September 7 that he would be joining their faculty.
Kong served nine months on the circuit court, when he was dismissed from that position by the NPC in 2015. He was dismissed from his SPC positions as both a trial judge and a member of the adjudication committee on September 3, 2016 by at the 23rd meeting of the Standing Committee of the 12th NPC. There had previously been rumors that Kong was going to leave the court when he served on the SPC’s circuit court, which he denied.
Kong pursued his Ph.D. under Jiang Ping 江平 at the Chinese University of Political Science and Law. He also served as Deputy Chief Judge under the Administrative Tribunal of the SPC, deputy chief judge of the civil tribunal, and as Deputy Party Secretary in Sichuan in 2014. Among his many honors, Managing IP nominated him to the 50 Most Influential People in IP in 2010 and 2011.
Owing to his work in the fair trade division of SAIC prior to entering the court, Kong also had an interest in unfair competition and antitrust matters, and was an example of the many of officials in China who worked on unfair competition and IP issues at different stages of their career. Kong has also authored several books including on contract law, antiunfair competition law, trade secret law, the TRIPS Agreement, and trademark law.