Kong Xiangjun Leaves Supreme People’s Court and Enters Academia

 

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.

China’s Judiciary Publishes Its Views on Trade Secret Protection

Several prominent Chinese judges recently published a Chinese language book on “The Judicial Protection of Trade Secrets” (商业秘密司法保护实务) (China Legal Publishing House May 2012) (536 pp, 98 RMB).   The book is an important summary, compilation and reprinting of many key documents involving trade secret protection in China.  It was edited by SPC IPR Tribunal Chief Judge Kong Xiangjun 孔祥俊 with the support of several prominent judges including Lang Guimei 郎贵梅(SPC), Song Jian 宋健(Jiangsu High Court), Dai Lei  戴磊  (Shandong High Court), Gu Tao 顾韬 (Jiangsu High Court), and  Wu Xin 吴欣and Wang Chao 王潮 (Shanghai Number 2 Intermediate Court). Continue reading

Upcoming events

Please note a few upcoming events, listed mostly in chronological order:

On February 28, 2012, Paul Jones and Xu Jing will be speaking in the Strafford live phone/web seminar entitled “IP Litigation in China“.  The panel will address challenges for IP protection in the Chinese court system.

On March 15, 2012, AmCham China, the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), Fordham University School of Law and the European Chamber of Commerce will host a conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights.  The Conference will take place in Beijing. Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who is returning to China for the first time since he left as a child, will open the event as the keynote speaker, along with the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Robert Wang.  Chief Judge Kong Xiangjun of the IPR Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court is expected to moderate for Judge Chin.  A panel discussion of leading experts, including current and former government officials, academics and corporate IPR leaders will follow.  More information here. Continue reading