News & Cases from China: March 2018

China’s Legislative Plan for 2018

At a briefing ahead of the 13th Annual National Party Congress, Zhang Yesui, vice-foreign minister and recently appointed NPC spokesperson, answered questions about proposed amendments to the constitution, actions to combat pollution, and China’s 2018 Legislative Plan.

In relation to the first, he indicated that in order to ensure the stability of the constitution, no major changes would be made.

In terms of pollution prevention and control, he said that China will take steps to ensure effective legislation and enforcement.

With regard to the 2018 China Legislative Plan, he indicated that more than 20 laws will be formulated or revised, including the Civil Code, tax laws and a new law to promote and protect foreign investment.  The relevant departments will ensure effective implementation of the legislative programme. 

2018中国将制定或修改20多部法律

新任大会发言人张业遂回答了关于宪法修改、污染防治做法以及中国2018年立法计划等问题。

首先,在修改宪法问题上,本次修改宪法将坚持对宪法作部分修改、不作大改的原则,确保宪法的稳定性。在污染防治方面,中国将通过立法和执法手段为解决该问题提供法律保障。

关于2018年中国的立法计划,目前初步安排为将制定或者修改20多部法律,包括民法典各分编、有关单行税法等。同时将加强备案审查制度。同时为了适应构建开放型经济新体制的要求,全国人大常委会计划将原来的“外资三法”整合,制定一部新的促进和保护外商投资的基础性法律。

 

Nongfu Spring successful in Unfair Competition action against Copycat Beverage Makers

Recently, the Intermediate People's Court of Ji’nan, Shandong Province issued a verdict in the unfair competition action brought by Nongfu Spring Co., Ltd. against Donglijian Co., Ltd. and Nengliyuan company.

The main issue in this case was whether the two defendants had engaged in acts of unfair competition acts by using unauthorized packaging and false advertising.

The Court ruled in favour of the Plaintiff and ordered the Defendants to immediately stop the production and sale of beverage products with packaging and decorations similar to those of the Plaintiff’s "Tea π"  ; and to pay damages and costs amounting to 600,000 yuan (approx. US$94,500).   

农夫山泉诉动力健、能力源不正当竞争案宣判

近日,山东省济南市中级人民法院对原告农夫山泉公司与被告动力健公司、能力源公司不正当竞争一案做出宣判。

本案的争议焦点是二被告是否实施了擅自使用知名商品特有包装、装潢及虚假宣传的不正当竞争行为。

法院最终认定被告的不正当竞争行为成立,且应由两名被告对侵权行为共同承担责任。据此,济南市中院判决被告立即停止对原告农夫山泉公司不正当竞争行为,停止生产、经营、销售与原告“茶π”饮料产品的包装装潢近似的饮品;并赔偿原告农夫山泉公司经济损失及合理支出60万元。

 

Chinese company brings infringement and unfair competition action against Nike in relation to ‘Jordan’ trade mark

On 8 March, the Intellectual Property Division of the Jinjiang Court heard arguments in a case between the plaintiff Jordan Sports Co., Ltd. (‘QiaoDan Sports’), and the defendant Nike Sports (China) Co., Ltd. (‘Nike Sports’), and Nike Commercial (China) Limited (‘Nike Business’).

Qiaodan is a Chinese character rendering of the name ‘Michael Jordan’ and the case is part of an ongoing battle that began in 2012 when Jordan himself sought to revoke QiaoDan Sports’ trade mark.  Nike Sports uses the mark ‘Air Jordan’ and both companies use a leaping basketball player logo.

The main issue in this case is whether Nike’s use of ‘Jordan’ constitutes trade mark infringement and whether Nike has engaged in unfair competition.

QiaoDan Sports is seeking an injunction, a public apology and compensation for losses and reasonable costs amounting to 300,000 yuan (approx. US$47,000).  A decision is awaited.

中国乔丹起诉美国乔丹侵权 索赔30万元

3月8日,晋江法院知识产权庭公开开庭审理了乔丹体育股份有限公司(以下简称“乔丹体育”)和耐克体育(中国)有限公司(以下简称“耐克体育”)、耐克商业(中国)有限公司(以下简称“耐克商业”)侵害商标权及不正当竞争纠纷一案。该案的争议焦点是:以‘乔丹’相关标识为关键词进行推广销售的行为是否侵犯注册商标专用权、是否构成不正当竞争。

对此,双方各执一词, 乔丹体育表示,被告的行为属于在相同商品上擅自使用与原告注册商标相同的商标的行为,侵害了其注册商标专用权,构成不正当竞争,要求被告停止侵权,公开赔礼道歉,赔偿原告损失及合理支出30万元。耐克体育”和“耐克商业”表示,他们并没有把乔丹篮球鞋等相关标识用于其官网,只是后台关键词,因此不构成商标侵权,其行为不构成不正当竞争。此案并未当场宣判。

 

First Anti-price Monopoly Case in Chinese Mobile Phone Industry

In 2017, following reports from Vivo mobile phone dealers, the Anti-Price Monopoly Bureau of the Jiangsu Province Price Bureau investigated the first price monopoly case in the national mobile phone industry. 

After an in-depth investigation, the Price Bureau confirmed the existence of vertical price control in relation to the distribution of vivo mobile phones in Jiangsu. Pursuant to the relevant regulations, it imposed a fine of 6.983 million yuan (approx. US$1,500,000).

全国手机行业反垄断第一案:vivo经销商被罚698.3万元

2017年江苏省物价局反价格垄断分局查处了全国手机行业反价格垄断第一案,依法对vivo手机江苏总经销商纵向控制产品价格案处罚698.3万元。

经过深入调查,江苏省物价局反价格垄断分局查实,vivo手机江苏总经销商确实存在纵向控制产品价格行为。根据相关规定,对其处以2016年度总经销额1%的罚款698.3万元。