Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Japanese Companies Can Register Chinese Copyights in Japan: save 50 percent time

Copyright is an automatic right, which arises when it is created. (because of the 'no formalities provision' of the article 5 (2) Berne Convention). However you can register your copyright with China's National Copyright Administration, which can be helpful to establish prima face evidence, for example ownership. If companies outside China opted for registering their copyrights, they had to do so in Beijing. Until September 2008, there is a possibility for Japanese companies, to register Chinese copyrights in Tokyo.

".. Japanese companies jointly invested to establish the Golden Bridge Co. in September in Minato Ward, Tokyo," according to the Yomiuri Shimbun. Several Chinese lawyers will be dispatched at the Golden Bridge institute, to register and applications for lawsuits and mediation related to copyright in China, which will decrease the time needed for Japanese companies to register their Chinese copyrights from one month to two weeks.

In the future the institute will also register Chinese trademark rights and design patents.
Read the Yomiuri Shimbun article here.

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