News & Cases from China: February 2018

Regulations on the Procedure of Online Trials   

Issue Date: 13 February 2018

On 12 February 2018, Zhou Qiang, the Chief Justice and President of the Supreme People's Court, presided over a meeting of the Supreme People's Court Judicial Committee that reviewed and approved a Regulation on the Public Disclosure of Court Trials on the Internet.

The Regulation reflects the basic principle of public disclosure and makes provision for the online publication of judicial procedures.

The meeting concluded that the Regulation will help protect the public’s right to information, and encourage the participation of stakeholders.  It will also help demonstrate the impartiality and credibility of the judicial system.

 

互联网公开审判流程信息的规定通过

 2月12日,首席大法官、最高人民法院院长周强主持召开最高人民法院审判委员会全体会议,审议并原则通过《最高人民法院关于人民法院通过互联网公开审判流程信息的规定》(下称《规定》)。

《规定》始终坚持问题导向和信息化思维,紧紧抓住不断丰富公开内容、创新公开形式两条主线,就流程公开的基本原则、流程公开平台的定位、审判流程信息的公开范围、依托流程公开平台进行电子送达的规则和效力等问题作出了明确规定,有利于切实保障当事人对审判工作的知情权、参与权和监督权,规范和深化人民法院审判流程信息公开工作,促进司法公正、提升司法公信。

 

MOJ Announces Guiding Cases on Notarization

Issue date: 31 January, 2018

On 30 January 2018, the Ministry of Justice released the second batch of Guiding Cases on notarization of documents concerning property protection. (The system of Guiding Cases in China establishes de facto binding precedents).  Last year, the MOJ issued the first batch of three cases, relating to the notarization of documents concerned people’s daily life.

In the second batch, there are three guiding cases (Nos. 4 – 6).  Case No.4 concerns a notarized Equity Incentive Plan drafted by state-owned enterprises to reward outstanding employees. Case No.5 concerns an agreement on rural land contractual management right, introduced notarization as legal tools for related issues.  Case No.6 concerns the notarization of evidence of alleged infringement on IPRs.

 

司法部发布涉产权保护公证指导性案例

1月30日,司法部发布第二批公证指导性案例(4-6号)。这是继去年底司法部发布首批3个与人民群众生活密切相关的公证指导性案例之后,围绕加强产权保护领域公证工作,再次发布公证指导性案例。

此次发布的案例共有3个。其中,第4号案例为公司股权激励合同公证,介绍公证参与国有控股混合所有制企业员工股权激励计划;第5号案例为农村土地承包合同公证,介绍公证为农村土地承包经营活动提供法律服务;第6号案例为知识产权侵权市场调查活动保全证据公证,介绍公证在知识产权的权利认定、侵权维权方面的独特职能作用,为知识产权纠纷案件中依法认定侵权事实提供有力依据。

 

STO Announces Eight Suspected Breaches of Trade mark Law by Trade mark Agencies

On 9 February 2018, the State Trademark Office released an Announcement on Suspected Breach of Trademark Law by Individual Trademark Agencies.

The Announcement refers to eight types of violation. The Agencies concerned are suspected of having made misleading statement about their relations with the State Administration of Industry and Commerce and the State Trademark Office; fabricated honorary titles and accolades; made fictitious promises; given false information about the trademark registration process; fabricated documents and materials; adopted illicit means to attract customers; charged nonexistent fees; and colluded with others to swindle customers.

 

商标局发布8类商标代理机构涉嫌违法行为

2018年2月9日,商标局发布《关于个别商标代理机构涉嫌违法行为的通告》(下称《通告》)。

《通告》汇总了八类违法行为,包括:

(一)虚假宣传与工商总局、商标局的关系;

(二)伪造虚假荣誉;

(三)虚假承诺;

(四)虚假宣传注册程序、周期;

(五)伪造相关文件、信息;

(六)虚采用其他不正当手段招揽业务;

(七)虚构收费项目;

(吧)团伙诈骗。

《通告》明确,采用其他不正当手段招揽业务的行为,包括代理机构诋毁其他代理机构,夸大其代理商标驳回复审成功率,欺骗申请人变更代理进行复审或诉讼;谎称申请人的商标在其他类别被抢注,诱骗商标申请人增加其他类别的商标申请等。