Wednesday, August 26, 2009

IP Dragon Will Blog About Two Conferences in Hong Kong About IPR in China, Hong Kong and Europe

4 and 5 September the IP & IT: Theory and Practice conference is organised by:
  • Law and Technology Centre Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong (HKU)
  • Dept of Computer Science, HKU
  • School of Law, King's College London
  • Faculty of Law, University of Zurich
Friday, 4 September
Panel I: Trademark Protection: Struggling Ahead.
Chair: Dr Zhao Yun, HKU
Welcome Professor Johannes Chan, SC, Dean, Faculty of Law, HKU

Protecting Brands in Europe - A Step too Far
Professor John Phillips, King's College London

Stay With Europe or Sever the Link - a Dilemma for Trademark Law in Hong Kong
Ms Alice Lee, HKU
Professor Michael Pendleton, CUHK; Emeritus Professor, Murdoch University (Australia)

Enforcement of IP Rights (Trademark) in the PRC
Ms Annie Tsoi, Partner, Deacons

Combating Counterfeit Products Online: Trademark Protection
Ms Vivian Wong, General Counsel, Asia Pacific, Chanel Ltd
Ms Pilar Woo, Senior Counsel - Intellectual Property, Chanel Ltd

Panel II: Challenges in Software Protection
Chair: Professor David Cheung, Head, Dept of Computer Science, HKU

IP Law and Software in Europe: the Struggle Continues
Dr Tanya Aplin, King's College London

Issues in Software Protection in Hong Kong
Dr Kevin Pun, HKU

Software Protection in WTO: Any Results at the End?
Professor Rolf H. Weber, University of Zurich

Software Copying and Adaption: A Case Study on Criminal Investigation
Dr KP Chow, HKU

Saturday, 5 September
Panel III: Policy, Strategy and Competition Practice
Chair: Dr Richard Wu, HKU

IP Strategy in China: from a Business Perspective
Dr Yahong Li, HKU

Competition Law Issues in Standard Setting Activities
Mr Thomas Cheng, HKU

IP as Tool of Competition Law
Professor Reto Hilty, University of Zurich; Director, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property

IP and Competition Law in Network Industries: A Practitioner's View
Mr Marc Waha, Partner in International and European Anti-Trust Practice, Norton Rose (Hong Kong)

Council Chamber, 8/F Meng Wah Complex, HKU
You can register online here. Email Ms Leung at to reserve a place.

Wednesday 9 and Thursday 10 September there is another interesting conference 'Asia-Pacific IP Forum' in Kowloon, see here and the programme here.

Hope to you see you there.

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Polo Santa Roberta "Original" Mix of Ralph Lauren's Polo Brand And Burberry Tartan Pattern

Spotted today in Nathan Road, Mong Kok, Hong Kong: a shop with bags that carry the brand Polo Santa Roberta. Sounds very similar to the brand of Ralph Lauren; Polo and it looks very similar to the tartan pattern of Burberry.

Ai-ah! Another knock-off using the same ingredients: see Marco Polo Hiuui, here.

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Creemers' Summary Of And Comments On DS363

Rogier Creemers of the University of Maastricht summarised 491 pages of the panel report on DS363: China - Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Product, and gave some comments, see here.

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Saturday, August 22, 2009

60 percent of Hong Kong Young Download Films or Music Illegally

Adrian Wan, of the South China Morning of Friday, August 21st, reported that 60 percent of young people in Hong Kong download films or music illegally, according to Hong Kong Federation of Youth Groups (HKFYG) survey.

17 perent of 559 respondents aged 10 to 24 were unsure whether they were breaking copyright law.

More can be found via the HKFYG website in the article Youth Research Centre and Lakshmi Jacota on the rise of connectivity: statistics and behaviour.
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Friday, August 21, 2009 Copyright Infringement Case: Four Sentenced To Imprisonment

See the verdict of the Suzhou Huqiu District People's Court's in the copyright infringement case against at the BSA site here.
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Friday, August 14, 2009

WTO Report of the Panel DS363

Intellectual property enforcement and market access are interrelated. About the first part we have seen the report DS362, and August 12th 2009, WTO's panel issued a report about the latter: DS363: China - Measures Affecting Trading Rights and Distribution Services for Certain Publications and Audiovisual Entertainment Product.

See here all 491-pages of the report. Must be studied. If you want to fast forward to the conclusions and recommendations by the panel, see here.
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Thursday, August 13, 2009

If You Have .hk HKIRC Will Give You .香港 For Free

James Nurton of Managing IP reports about an announcement from the Hong Kong Internet Registration Corportation (HKIRC). If ICANN will introduce new non-Roman country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) names, including Chinese characters, HKIRC will give everyone with a .hk address an extra .香港 for free.

Read Mr Nurton's article here.
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