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Updates to Korean Trademark Act Take Effect Today

By Ann K. Ford, Eunice R. Chung, and Ashley E. Green The Korean Intellectual Property Office (“KIPO”) has issued its first comprehensive amendment to the Korean Trademark Act in over two decades.  The changes will take effect today, and are part of Korea’s efforts to reform its intellectual property system.  From targeted changes with local … Continue Reading

From Logging on to Logistics: Online Retailing and the Asian Real Estate Market

Republished from Law A La Mode  By: Janice Yau Garton and Carly Roberts  There is little doubt that the continuing shift towards online retailing will have tremendous implications for the Asian real estate market. Over the coming years, physical retailers will have to change the way they use their space, shopping centers will undergo a transformation, … Continue Reading

Japan – Amendments to the METI Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading

Reposted from Sports, Media and Entertainment Online By Keitaro Uzawa and Ann Cheung The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (“METI“) recently revised the Interpretative Guidelines on Electronic Commerce and Information Property Trading (“Guidelines“), which apply to all online business operations in Japan and clarify how the Civil Code, which governs Japanese commercial contracts, and other … Continue Reading

AMENDMENTS TO THE PRC COPYRIGHT LAW ….the practical implications for rights owners

By Edward Chatterton and Horace Lam WHEN WILL THINGS CHANGE On June 6, 2014, the fourth draft version of the new PRC Copyright Law (New Law) was published for public comment, having first been published in 2010. The period for public comment ended on July 5, 2014 meaning the implementation of the New Law is … Continue Reading

Law à la Mode – Autumn 2013

The DLA Piper Fashion, Retail and Design group distributed the 11th edition of “Law à la Mode” to over 1000 clients.  Special thanks to all who contributed to this edition, especially the U.S. Editorial Team, which consisted of Ann Ford, Gina Durham, Tamar Duvdevani, Radiance Harris, Kiran Gore, Melissa Reinckens, and Airina Rodrigues. Please click … Continue Reading

China: Naming Rights and Trademarks Disputes between Michael Jordan and Qiaodan Sports

By Edward Chatterton and Ann Cheung After two decades on the basketball court, Michael Jordan, one the greatest basketball players of all time, is currently learning the rules of defence and offence in a different game: the Chinese legal system. Qiaodan Sports Company Limited (“Qiaodan Sports”), a Chinese sportswear company, are throwing their legal dispute … Continue Reading

China Allows Registration For Retail Services

By Ed Chatterton Unlike many countries, it is not possible to register trademarks for retail services in China. This position has recently changed with the implementation on January 1, 2013 of the revised Chinese Trademark Office (CTMO) trademark classification which now recognizes retail and wholesale services, albeit in a limited way. The CTMO’s revised classification … Continue Reading


By Kathryn Purcell-Hennessy First four runners in the 2012 Melbourne Cup. Credit: Ian Currie Horse racing in Australia is big business. The Melbourne Cup (the “race that stops the nation”) is one of the richest horse-racing events in the world, and up to AUD$781.7 million is expected to have been spent by the public on the … Continue Reading

DLA Piper Gathers in Schaumburg for IPT Retreat

This past weekend, over 200 DLA Piper attorneys traveled to Schaumburg, Illinois for the Intellectual Property & Technology (IPT) Practice Group Conference (“Conference”). The Conference’s theme was “Celebration and Commitment.” This three-day event focused on networking across offices, celebrating the achievements of the IPT practice, and committing to goals to expand and improve the IPT … Continue Reading


By James Stewart In an exciting development for the international trademark field, the Thai Parliament has issued its approval to move forward with Thailand’s proposed admission to the Madrid Protocol. The Thai Parliament must now amend its trademark laws to conform with the Madrid Protocol. Thailand’s Trademark Office has drafted these amendments which are currently … Continue Reading


By Tom Zutic Members of our DC Trademark Group, Tom Zutic, Eunice Chung, Greg Esau and Maria Updegrove, met with Kosuke Takahashi, a researcher from the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) based in Tokyo.  The IIP was commissioned by the Japanese Patent and Trademark Office to conduct research on how to encourage trademark filing into … Continue Reading

Franchising in China

By Philip F. Zeidman and Tao Xu Introduction It is not difficult to understand why China is viewed by businesses around the world as an indispensable market. Its size alone is staggering (1.3 billion people). Its purchasing power is equally impressive (on a purchasing power parity basis, it is already the second largest economy in the world). … Continue Reading

.中国 (or “.CHINA”) Top-Level Domains Launching Soon

By David M. Kramer A new opportunity is on the horizon for brand owners seeking to expand their online presence in China. Starting September 15, 2012, owners of a valid trademark registration will be able to register .中国 (or “.CHINA”) domain names corresponding to their registered marks.… Continue Reading


By John Wilks and Damian Herrington, DLA Piper UK The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has just announced that the target “Reveal Day” for its new generic Top Level Domain (“gTLD”) program – the day when the list of gTLDs that have been applied for is announced – will be 13 June 2012. … Continue Reading

Trademark Breakout Session on Enforcing Rights in China

One of the packed meetings at the United States-China Adjudication Conference was the trademark breakout session, conducted for the most part in Chinese, with simultaneous translations. Several high-ranking judges in the IPR Tribunal spoke on trademark developments. From a U.S. perspective, there is a keen interest in the protection of well known trademarks either registered … Continue Reading

Beijing Friendship Hotel & Renmin University of China Host US-China IP Adjudication Conference

Beijing Friendship Hotel, along with Beijing’s Renmin University of China, hosted the United States-China Intellectual Property Adjudication Conference. Ann Ford (Washington, DC), along with other DLA Piper partners including Yan Zhao (Shanghai), Ed Chatterton (Hong Kong), and Beni Surpin (San Diego) attended the Conference. DLA Piper Partner and IPT leader John Allcock moderated a key … Continue Reading

DLA Piper attends the United States-China Intellectual Property Adjudication Conference

  A group of us from our DLA Piper IPT group around the world, including those from Hong Kong, San Diego and Washington, DC are in Beijing, China attending the United States-China Intellectual Property Adjudication Conference. Yesterday, several top Chinese judicial and government leaders joined Gary Locke, U.S. Ambassador to the PRC, Judge Randall Rader, … Continue Reading


World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Director General Francis Gurry said the day “is an opportunity to celebrate the contribution that intellectual property makes to innovation and cultural creation – and the immense good that these two social phenomena bring to the world.” WIPO posted a number of suggestions for celebrating World IP Day. This year’s … Continue Reading

Keeping pace with social media in the workplace

By Kate Hodgkiss, Adam Hartley and Vinita Arora The use of social media is now common place the corporate world, but are organisations protecting themselves by ensuring the relevant policies and procedures are in place?  Social media connects millions of people across the world every day and has become an important way for people to communicate. It is … Continue Reading