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China announces new crackdown on high-tech fraud

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Staff Writer
Published: 
April 8, 2011
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BEIJING, China

China's highest courts, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) and the Supreme People's Procuratorate, have issued new rules to combat high-tech fraud. The new judicial interpretation aims to provide clearer guidelines on what constitues high-tech fraud, and also stipulates penalties for accomplices who assist in the transfer of criminally gained funds, with full awareness of the offense.

Under the new changes, suspects of fraud can be convicted and punished if they send more than 5,000 fraudulent messages or make telephone calls under false pretenses to more than 500 people, even without evidence of specific gains from such scams. People who offer technical services or techniques for fraduent communication could also face conviction as accomplices if they are deemed to have acted knowingly during a fradulent process.

China's courts have seen a large rise in cases of fraud in recent years, helped partly by a huge increase in the number of people using the internet and mobile phones to conduct business. In 2010 China's courts received a total of over 25,000 cases of fraud prosecution and sentenced 32,284 people, a sharp increase from 16,345 cases received in 2005.

China and Taiwan announce improved IP cooperation

By: 
Staff Writer
Published: 
March 28, 2011
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BEIJING, China

 

According to a recent report released by the Taiwan Intellectual Property Office (TIPO), both the quantity and quality of IP protection between China and Taiwan has improved vastly since bilateral agreements were introduced in late 2010. One such agreement was the Trademark Act, which, along with granting new protection for cross-border trademarks, stated that applications for renewal of trademark rights should be filed within six months before the expiration of the existing term.

 

China and Taiwan also announced in September an intellectual property rights bill known as the Cross-Strait Agreement on IP Rights Protection and Cooperation, which was created to facilitate the protection of IP between the two authorities.

 

As of November, Taiwan and China have accepted priority claims based on the same trademark application filed in the other country, as long as the basic application was filed on or after the date the agreement came into effect. 

 

Tencent files one million yuan lawsuit

By: 
Staff Writer
Published: 
January 28, 2011
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BEIJING, China

Tencent, China's largest online service platform recently filed suit against Bewinner Communictions, a telecommunications service provider based in Beijing. The suit is based around allegations allegations that Bewinner illegally distributed and charged for intallations of Tencent's QQ Dou Dizhu mobile phone card game. Tencent has claimed that in July last year it discovered Bewinner was distributing the game online, and charging users a sum of 4RMB to download. Tencent also claims the game contained several of its trademarks in the game interface, and that it was being advertised as an identical product to that of Tencent.

In the lawsuit, Tencent has demanded that Bewinner ceases and desists from distributing QQ Dou Dizhu, issues a public apology for the sale of the game and pays one million yuan ($152,000) as compensation.  The case was accepted for review at the Fengtai District People's Court in Beijing on Wednesday and is currently in the pre-trial mediation stage. Bewinner has not yet publicly commented on the suit.