News & Cases from China: June 2019

拜耳发明专利侵权纠纷案

拜耳医药保健有限责任公司为“用ω-羧基芳基取代的二苯脲作为raf激酶抑制剂”的发明专利的权利人,专利号为ZL00802685.8。请求人认为,被请求人某公司未经许可在其官方网站和展会上许诺销售的索拉非尼、JIA苯磺酸索拉非尼两种产品,与请求人专利产品的名称及CAS登记号完全一致,且并未获得授权生产,该产品落入涉案发明专利的权利要求1、27、28的保护范围,被请求人的行为侵犯了请求人的专利权。

2018年7月,北京市知识产权局于认定涉案产品落入涉案专利权利要求1的保护范围,被请求人许诺销售涉案产品的行为构成专利侵权,责令其停止许诺销售侵犯涉案专利的索拉非尼、JIA苯磺酸索拉非尼,删除许诺销售相关网站信息,销毁印有侵权产品信息的所有宣传资料。

北京市知识产权局充分运用专业技术辞典作为外部证据查明案件事实,入选2018年度专利行政保护十大典型案例。请求人为外国知名制药企业,该案的顺利办结体现了我国在知识产权保护方面对国内外企业一视同仁、平等对待的立场。

 

China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) names Bayer’s successful Patent Infringement Claim in its 2108 TOP TEN administrative cases

Bayer Healthcare Co. Ltd. (Bayer) is the owner of an invention patent for "replacing diphenylurea with o-carboxyl aryl as raf kinase inhibitor". The patent number is ZL00802685.8. It alleged that two products (sorafenib JIA and benzene sulfonate sorafenib) being offered for sale on the Respondent’s official website fell within the scope of Claims 2, 27 and 28 of the patent, and that the Respondent had infringed .  

 In July 2018, the Beijing intellectual Property Office determined that the products involved fell within the scope of protection Claim 1 of the Claimant’s patent and that the Respondent's offer to sell the products constituted patent infringement. The Beijing intellectual Property Office ordered the Respondent to stop offering the infringing protects for sale, delete relevant information from the website, and destroy all promotional materials relating to the infringing products.

CNIPA has listed the case in its TOP TEN typical patent administrative protection cases for 2018.  

                                                                                              

市场监管总局处罚长安福特人民币1.628亿元

市场监管总局对长安福特汽车有限公司(以下简称长安福特)实施纵向垄断协议依法作出处罚决定,对长安福特处以罚款人民币1.628亿元。

2013年以来,长安福特在重庆区域内通过制定《价格表》、签订《价格自律协议》以及限定下游经销商在车展期间最低价格和网络最低报价等形式,限定下游经销商整车最低转售价格,违反了《反垄断法》关于禁止经营者与交易相对人达成限定向第三人转售商品最低价格的垄断协议的规定,构成实施纵向垄断协议。

 

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has Fined the Ford Chang’an joint venture RMB 162.8 Million Yuan (approx. US$ 23,500.000) for Breach of Anti-monopoly Law

The State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has imposed a fine of 162.8 million yuan (approx. US$ 23.500.00) on Chang‘an Ford Motor Co., LTD. for having implemented a vertical monopoly agreement.

Since 2013, Chang’an Ford had set a minimum resale price for downstream dealers and distributors in the Chongqing region in breach of the provisions of the Anti-Monopoly Law.

 

广州四三九九公司被诉商标侵权 赔偿腾讯公司500万元

广州知识产权法院就深圳市腾讯计算机系统有限公司(下称腾讯公司)起诉广州四三九九信息科技有限公司、四三九九网络股份有限公司(以下统称4399公司)商标侵权及不正当竞争纠纷上诉案作出二审判决。二审法院驳回了4399公司的全部上诉请求,即认定4399公司构成商标侵权,需停止侵权并赔偿腾讯公司经济损失等500万元。

《地下城与勇士》由韩国Neople公司(中文名称为新人类公司)独立开发,腾讯公司经授权成为“DNF”商标和“地下城与勇士DNF”图文组合商标在中国市场的独占许可人。腾讯公司认为,4399公司的相关行为涉嫌侵犯了腾讯公司对上述商标享有的合法权益,将4399公司起诉至天河法院,请求法院判令对方停止侵权,并赔偿经济损失等共计1000万余元。天河法院经审理后作出一审判决,认定4399公司商标侵权成立,判决两被告赔偿原告经济损失等500万元。

一审判决后,4399公司不服,向广州知识产权法院提起上诉。广州知识产权法院经审理认为, 4399公司在被诉侵权链接上使用“4399”商标,其攀附故意明显,同时考虑到4399公司在涉案《招股说明书》中确认其享有被诉侵权游戏的收益。因此,一审法院认定4399公司应对被诉侵权行为承担连带责任并无不当。在一审判赔金额是否合理问题上,广州知识产权法院经审理认为认定腾讯公司因被诉侵权行为所致损失已明显超出法定赔偿数额,一审判决确定的赔偿数额并无不当。 据此,广州知识产权法院驳回4399公司上诉,维持一审判决。

 

Tencent Wins 5 Million Yuan Compensation (approx. US$ 725,000) against 4399 Network Co. for Trademark Infringement

The Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court has handed down a second-instance judgment in a trademark infringement and unfair competition action brought by Shenzhen Tencent Computer Systems Co., Ltd. against Guangzhou 4399 Information Technology Co., Ltd. and 4399 Network Co., Ltd. The Court dismissed the Defendants’ appeal and upheld the decision of the Guangzhou Tianhe District Court.  The Defendants were ordered to cease the infringement and compensate Tencent for economic loss amount to 5 million yuan(approx. US$ 725,000).

The case involved the Dungeon & Fighter (DNF) trade mark, which was owned by a South Korean company, Neople Company, (Chinese name is New Human Company) and had been exclusively licensed in China to Tencent

 

全国首例电商企业诉刷单平台案宣判

被告杭州美名科技有限公司(以下简称美名公司)在其开发的平台美丽啪上组织刷单的行为,被浙江省杭州市中级人民法院判决构成对淘宝网的不正当竞争,判处其赔偿淘宝网经济损失200万元。该案件是自《反不正当竞争法》实施后,全国首例电商企业起诉刷单平台案件。

法院经审理后认为,美丽啪通过不正当的手段干扰自由、公平的市场竞争秩序,帮助不诚信商家炒信,不但损害消费者和其他同行业经营者的利益,亦破坏了淘宝努力营造的公平、透明、诚信的网络购物环境,从而损害淘宝的市场声誉和竞争力,其行为构成对淘宝的不正当竞争。最终,一审判决被告美名公司赔偿淘宝经济损失及合理支出200万元。

 

Taobao brings Unfair Competition action again Hangzhou Meiming Technology Co Ltd for Click Farm activity

The Defendant Hangzhou Meiming Technology Co., Ltd. organized click farming activity on its ‘mellipa’ platform. Click farming is a type of click fraud to artificially boost the standing or status of a particular site by paying for increased clicks on paid advertising links or increased likes or followers.

The Hangzhou Intermediate People's Court of Zhejiang Province decided that the Defendant’s conduct constituted unfair competition against Taobao and ordered it to compensate Taobao for economic loss amounting to 2 million yuan (approx. US$ 290,000). This is the first case after implementation of the Anti-Unfair Competition Law in which an E-commerce company has brought an unfair competition action based on click farming.

The Court held that the ‘meilipa ‘ platform interfered with free and fair market order by unfair means, helping untrustworthy merchants to inflate their credibility and standing.  Such conduct not only harms the interests of consumers and other operators in the same industry, but also undermines the fair, transparent and honest online shopping environment that Taobao strives to establish, thus damaging Taobao's market reputation and competitiveness. The behavior constituted unfair competition. The Defendant was ordered to compensate Taobao for economic loss and reasonable expenses in the sum of 2 million yuan (approx. US$ 290,000).