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      News and Cases from China: April 2016

      Published on 06 May 2016 | 6 minute read

      A round-up of the latest laws, regulations and cases in China.

       

      Beijing High People’s Court issues Guidelines for Adjudication of Network-related IP Cases

      北京高院发布涉及网络知识产权案件审理指南

      Issue date: 13 April 2016

      Recently, the Beijing High People's Court issued Guidelines for the Adjudication of Network-related IP Cases. The Guidelines are in three parts with forty-two articles and deal with topical issues in Network-related copyright, trade mark and unfair competition cases. In relation to the liability of network service providers, the Guidelines stipulate that the network service providers will be relieved of liability if they provide the requested information in relation to the online seller In addition, if an IP owner notifies the network service provider of an infringement, the network service provider is obliged to take instant and appropriate action to stop the infringement. This may include the deletion of material or the blocking or disconnection of the link.

      The network service provider will commit an act of abetting infringement if it intentionally induces and encourages the online seller to infringe a trade mark either directly or indirectly.  The network service provider will also be considered to be facilitating infringement if it has knowledge of the infringement and fails to delete, block or disconnect the link. In these two circumstances, the network service provider shall be jointly liable for IP infringement.

      今日,北京高院发布了《涉及网络知识产权案件审理指南》。《审理指南》共三个部分,四十二个条款,涉及网络著作权、商标权、不正当竞争纠纷中的热点、难点问题。其中有关平台服务商的行为属性与责任的判断,《审理指南》规定了

      平台服务商对网络卖家的具体信息负有举证证明的责任,且平台服务商根据权利人发送的通知,知道网络卖家利用其网络服务实施侵害商标权行为的,应当及时采取删除、屏蔽、断开链接等必要措施。并对权利人“通知”方式、内容、法律效力以及因“错误通知”导致的法律后果均进行了详尽的规定。

      如果平台服务商故意以言语、推介技术支持、奖励积分、提供优惠服务等方式诱导、鼓励网络卖家实施侵害商标权行为的,可以认定其构成教唆网络卖家实施侵权行为;平台服务商知道网络卖家利用网络服务侵害他人商标权,未采取删除、屏蔽、断开链接等必要措施,或者仍提供技术、服务支持等帮助行为的,可以认定其构成帮助网络卖家实施侵权行为。实施这两种行为的平台服务商应当与网络卖家承担连带责任。

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      SPC Issues Judicial Interpretation No.4 of Several Issues Concerning Application of the Company Law, for Public Comment

      最高法:《适用<公司法>若干问题(四)》征求意见稿

      Issue date: 12 Apr 2016

      The Supreme People's Court recently issued a draft Judicial Interpretation of Several Issues Concerning Application of The Company Law (IV), for comment.  Pursuant to the Draft, unless stated otherwise in the Articles of Association, a share transfer that has already taken place pursuant to the laws of inheritance, will have priority over a share purchase.  If the Articles of Association place undue restrictions on transfer a shareholder can apply to the court for invalidation of the article in question.

      近日,最高人民法院发布《适用<公司法>若干问题(四)》征求意见稿。根据《意见稿》,有限责任公司的股东因继承、遗赠等原因发生变化时,其他股东主张优先购买该股权的,不予支持,但公司章程另有规定的除外。有限责任公司章程条款过度限制股东转让股权,导致股权实质上不能转让,股东请求确认该条款无效的,应予支持。

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      China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) Issues Regulations relating to approval procedures for generic drugs and medicinal products, Public Comment

      食药总局发布三部医疗相关文件征求意见

      Issue date: 13 April 2016 

      On 13 April, the CFDA issued three medicine related regulations for public comment. The three regulations are Procedure for Reference Products Filing and Recommendation Under Equivalence Studies of Generic Drug (Draft for Comment); Procedure of Site Inspection for Medical Device Under Clinical Trial; and Considerations for Conducting Site Inspection for Medical Device Under Clinical Trial.  The CFDA at provincial level can submit comments in hard copy; other interested parties can submit comments by email, mail or fax. The deadline for submitting comments was 25 April, 2016.

      4月13日,食药总局发布《仿制药质量和疗效一致性评价参比制剂备案与推荐程序(征求意见稿)》 、 《医疗器械临床试验现场检查程序》和《医疗器械临床试验现场检查要点》 ,公开征求意见。各省、自治区、直辖市食品药品监督管理局将书面意见报送至食药总局,其他单位和个人的意见可通过电子邮件、信函或传真反馈。意见反馈时间截止至2016年4月25日。

      Source: http://www.sda.gov.cn/WS01/CL0778/149881.html

      http://www.sda.gov.cn/WS01/CL0779/149880.html

       

      State Council amends Vaccine Regulations

      国务院修改《疫苗流通和预防接种管理条例》

      Issue date: 23 April 2016

      The State Council has recently issued the Decision on Revising the Administrative Regulations on the Circulation and Inoculation of Vaccines (the ‘Decision’) with effect from 23 April 2016.

      The Decision reforms the distribution of Class 2 vaccines, providing that they will be purchased by provincial disease control and prevention agencies on provincial platforms for public resources transaction. Centres at county level will purchase Class 2 vaccines from vaccine producers for supply to inoculation entities within their respective administrative areas. The authorised disease prevention and control agencies and vaccination entities are required to establish authentic and complete purchase and receiving records, to ensure consistent bills, accounts, goods, and amounts.

      The Decision strengthens the administrative system for the whole-process cold chain storage and transportation of vaccines, defines distribution duties, and enhances the cold chain management during storage and transportation, by requiring that during the whole course of storage and transportation, vaccines shall not be out of the cold chain and their temperature shall be monitored and recorded on a regular basis, with temperature control labels being attached to certain vaccines, and imposing an additional obligation to ask for temperature monitoring records in receiving vaccines.

      近日,国务院发布《关于修改〈疫苗流通和预防接种管理条例〉的决定》(《决定》),自公布之日起施行。《决定》改革了第二类疫苗流通方式,取消疫苗批发企业经营疫苗的环节,明确将疫苗的采购全部纳入省级公共资源交易平台,第二类疫苗由省级疾病预防控制机构组织在平台上集中采购,由县级疾病预防控制机构向疫苗生产企业采购后供应给本行政区域的接种单位。同时,疾病预防控制机构、接种单位要建立真实、完整的购进、接收等记录,做到票、账、货、款一致。

      《决定》强化了疫苗全程冷链储运管理制度,明确配送责任,强化储运的冷链管理,要求疫苗储运全过程不得脱离冷链并定时监测记录温度,部分疫苗还应加贴温控标签,同时在疫苗接收环节增设索要温度监测记录的义务。

      针对山东济南非法经营疫苗系列案件暴露出来的问题,近日,国务院发布《关于修改〈疫苗流通和预防接种管理条例〉的决定》(《决定》),自公布之日起施行。

       《决定》改革了第二类疫苗流通方式,取消疫苗批发企业经营疫苗的环节,明确将疫苗的采购全部纳入省级公共资源交易平台,第二类疫苗由省级疾病预防控制机构组织在平台上集中采购,由县级疾病预防控制机构向疫苗生产企业采购后供应给本行政区域的接种单位。同时,疾病预防控制机构、接种单位要建立真实、完整的购进、接收等记录,做到票、账、货、款一致。

       《决定》强化了疫苗全程冷链储运管理制度,明确配送责任,强化储运的冷链管理,要求疫苗储运全过程不得脱离冷链并定时监测记录温度,部分疫苗还应加贴温控标签,同时在疫苗接收环节增设索要温度监测记录的义务。

       (Source: http://www.gov.cn/zhengce/content/2016-04/25/content_5067597.htm)

       

      Court Rejects Trade Mark Registration of ‘face book’ in relation to beverages

      抢注“face book”商标饮料被驳 法院认定抄袭

      Issue date: 27 Apr 2016

      Recently, the High People's Court of Beijing rendered a second instance judgment in relation to the registration of the words 'face book' in relation to beverages.  The Court upheld the judgment of the court of first instance, and found that the applicant had applied to register 'face book' with the intention of reproducing and copying a famous third-party trade mark.

      In 2011, Liu Hongqun filed an application with the Trademark Office for registration of the trade mark ‘face book’ in relation to goods in Classes 29 and 30. The application was successful. The US company, Facebook Inc, owner of the FACEBOOK trade mark, then filed an objection with the Trademark Review Committee (TMRC), which also approved Liu Hongqun's registration.  Facebook Inc. then brought an administrative action and the court of first instance overruled the TMRC decision.  It found that the decision had been based on insufficient evidence, and ordered the TMRC to reconsider the matter. Liu Hongqun was dissatisfied with the judgment and appealed to the Beijing High People’s Court.

      北京市高级人民法院近日对“face book”商标异议复审案做出二审判决,认定申请人注册“face book”的行为具有复制、抄袭他人高知名度商标的故意,维持一审判决。

      2011年,刘红群向商标局提出“face book”商标的注册申请,指定使用在第29类、第30类商品上。“FACEBOOK”商标拥有人美国菲丝博克公司向商评委提出异议申请,后者做出核准注册的裁定,该公司不服裁定,提起行政诉讼。一审法院认定商评委作出的被诉裁定主要证据不足,判决撤销被诉裁定,要求商评委重新作出裁定。刘红群不服,提起上诉。

      (Source: http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1461734

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