News & Cases from China: January 2019

中国商标数据库3500万件商标信息实现免费开放共享 

2018年12月26日,国家知识产权局商标局正式向全社会免费公开现有全部存量商标的基本信息,商标注册便利化改革再次迈出坚实一步。中国商标网上服务系统的注册用户,均可免费下载约3500万件商标的基本信息,无需重复申请账户权限。后期系统数据将会定期更新。

Trademark Office Shares Trademark Database Free of Charge

On 26 December 2018, the Trademark Office officially made available, free of charge, basic information relating to existing trademark applications and registrationsRegistered users of the Trademark Office official website are now able to download, free of charge, basic information relating to about 35 million trademark applications and registrations. The data in the Trademark Office system will be updated regularly.

北京互联网法院 “抖音短视频”受著作权法保护

2018年12月26日,北京互联网法院受理的“抖音短视频”诉“伙拍小视频”信息网络传播权纠纷案宣判,该案件为北京互联网法院第一案。原告北京微播视界科技有限公司诉称,“抖音短视频”系由原告合法拥有并运营的原创短视频分享平台。被告未经原告许可,擅自在自己所运营的“伙拍小视频”平台上传播涉案视频并且提供下载服务,为原告造成了巨大的经济损失,为此提出诉讼。

法院认为,涉案短视频是在已有素材的基础上进行的选择、编排,与抖音平台其他参与同一话题的用户制作的短视频存在较大区别,且没有证据证明该短视频在抖音平台上发布前,存在相同或近似的短视频内容,故由制作者独立创作完成。视频长短与作品的创造性没有必然关系。

法院判决指出,涉案抖音15秒短视频虽篇幅短小,但具备很强的独创性和正能量,应当属于“类电作品”受到著作权法保护。法院同时认定百度作为网络服务提供者,即时删除了涉案短视频,不构成侵权。

Beijing Internet Court: Short Video Capable of Copyright Protection

On 26 December 2018, the Beijing Internet Court handed down a ruling in its first case: a dispute between short video streaming platforms Douyin and Huopai in relation to information network transmission rights.

The Plaintiff, Douyin, claimed that its ‘Douyin video App’ was an original copyright work and that the Defendant Baidu had, without its permission, transmitted the work and provided download services via its ‘Huopai video’ platform. As a result, the Plaintiff had suffered huge economic loss.  Douyin sued Baidu for copyright infringement.

The Court held that the short video involved constituted an original work for the purposes of the Copyright Law and was capable of copyright protection. The length of a video is not necessarily relevant to its level of creativity. Although the video in question was short, no more than 15-seconds, it was clearly an original work. The Court also said that Baidu, as a network service provider, had immediately deleted the short video involved on receipt of notice.  It had not, therefore, infringed copyright.

清华大学因在线课程未授权使用“清华”字样起诉维权

清华大学因在线课程在宣传推广的过程中未经授权使用了“清华”字样,容易造成相关公众混淆,认为该行为侵犯了清华大学的注册商标专用权,同时该行为容易使相关公众认为该在线课程与清华大学间存在联系,构成不正当竞争,清华大学遂将在线课程主讲人、课程出品方和平台服务提供者诉至法院。

2019年1月9日海淀法院公开审理了此案,各方表示同意调解,法院未当庭宣判。


Mediation in Trademark infringement and unfair competition action brought by Tsinghua University in relation to competing Online Courses 

Tsinghua University brought an action for trademark infringement and unfair competition against the provider of online courses that were being promoted by reference to the word ‘Tsinghua’.  Tsinghua University claimed that its trademark was being infringed and that the promotion was likely to cause confusion among the relevant public. Members of the public would be likely to believe that the online courses had a relationship with Tsinghua University.

On 9 January 2019, the Haidian District Court publicly heard the case and the parties agreed to mediation.  

人工智能辅助系统首次应用于庭审

2019年1月23日,上海市第二中级人民法院首次使用了人工智能辅助系统进行了庭审。

该套人工智能辅助系统名为“刑事案件智能辅助办案系统”,又名“206系统”。“206系统”依靠的是人工智能语音识别技术,可以将语音转换成文字,实时生成庭审笔录,并根据语音自动展示证据,例如当审判长询问被告人姓名时,系统可以从预先储存的证据材料中抓取与提问内容相关的信息,大大提高了庭审效率。“206系统“可以实现对证据进行识别、抓取、提示,能有效地防止冤假错案,是以审判为中心的诉讼制度改革的优秀成果。

Shanghai Court first to use the 206 Artificial Intelligence Assisted Software System

On 23 January 2019, the Shanghai No. 2 Intermediate People's Court used the Intelligence Assistance Case System for Criminal Cases, known as the 206 System.   The System had previously been subjected to several trial runs, but this was the first time it had been formally used by a court

The 206 System relies on artificial intelligence voice recognition technology, which can convert voice into text. It is able to generate trial transcripts in real time, automatically identifying speakers e.g. parties, judges and prosecutors, and display relevant information on screen following verbal commands. 

According to the Court, the 206 System greatly improves the efficiency of trials, helping Judges ascertain facts and identify appropriate evidence.