Letters & Thoo to Present Talk on IP Rights “Hijacking” in China at the Hong Kong Commons

Letters & Thoo partners Laurence Thoo and Timothy Letters will be presenting a talk to entrepreneurs and SMEs at the Hong Kong Commons concerning practical issues in the pursuit and enforcement of IP rights in China.

An issue of particular concern to many IP rights holders today involves the proliferation of bad faith trademark registrations in China resulting in considerable disruption to commercial operations and freedom to operate in China.  However with recent amendments to the Chinese trademark law, the Chinese government has signaled its willingness to improve judicial/administrative mechanisms for cancellation of bad faith registrations so as to encourage foreign investment in China.

Laurence Thoo and Timothy Letters will discuss how these recent changes to the Chinese trademark law may better protect the IP position of foreign companies with existing or anticipated commercial operations in the Chinese  market, as well what important steps may be taken to ameliorate risk of having IP rights “hijacked” in China in future.