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Corner Stone & Partners is a boutique law firm specializing in intellectual property matters and experienced in delivering quality services and solutions to address clients’ intellectual property needs in China. Its practice includes prosecution and enforcement of trademarks, patents and copyrights as well as assists with domain name registration and enforcement, customs related matters and unfair competition claims.

Common problems of trademark use in China

By Christy Chen, Corner Stone & Partners
Trademark registrants are obliged to keep their registered trademarks in use but this could be a challenge for a good number of trademarks

Copyright infringement and legal liability in China webcasts

By Fu Zhenkun and Gao Rongrong, Corner Stone & Partners
An interactive webcast includes live broadcasts of games, shows and pan-entertainment. Anchors often use unauthorised music works where they earn income by singing songs, flaunting talents and interacting with fans to get rewards, or by sharing advertising incomes

Design protection in China’s amended Patent Law

By Liu Zongjie, Corner Stone & Partners
The fourth amendment of the PRC Patent Law came into force on 1 June 2021. The amended law intensifies patent protection, promotes patent exploitation and employment, and improves the patent granting system

Simple procedures for patent litigation in China

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners
A patent protects the patentee’s technological advantages to obtain rewards, invest them in new R&D activities, and promote further developments. Since patents entail technological advantages, others often infringe patents, intentionally or unintentionally, in practice

China’s new Patent Law introduces open licence scheme

By Qi Yongqiang, Corner Stone & Partners

Advice for international marks with retail services in China

By Nick Ji, Corner Stone & Partners
It is well known that the China Trademark Office (CTMO) has refused to accept retail as a valid service in class 35 trademark applications over many years. In many other countries, however, retail service is acceptable for trademark registration in class 35

Avoiding trademark infringement in cross-border e-commerce

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners
Cross-border e-commerce has become a new point of economic growth yet the contradiction between the regionalism of trademarks and the globalism of cross-border e-commerce platforms pose a new problem for the development of global intellectual property rights

Practical advice on filing non-use cancellations in China

By Nick Ji, Corner Stone & Partners
Some may think that only trademarks that are unused can be successfully cancelled, but in the author’s experience about 70% of non-use cancellations can succeed, including many trademarks that are in actual use

Applying red-flag rule to e-commerce platform

By Zhenkun Fu, Corner Stone & Partners
If the facts of an infringement of copyright are as apparent as a fluttering “red flag”, the internet service provider (ISP) concerned cannot turn a blind eye

Don’t wait – register your design patent in China now

By Maggie Yang, Corner Stone & Partners
Registering your design patent first is the best way to avoid your design patent from being hijacked

Importance of filing patents for fundamental research

By Qi Yongqiang, Corner Stone & Partners
The importance of SCI papers has also been reduced and SCI papers-related indicators have ceased to be a major factor in assessing researchers’ performance

The intellectual property game in the Sino-US trade war

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners

Preventing TM dilution into a generic name

By Brenda Zhao, Corner Stone & Partners

Overcoming trademark refusal in China

By Nick Ji, Corner Stone & Partners

Focus on fourth amendment of China’s Trademark Law

By Brenda Zhao, Corner Stone & Partners

Are Chinese companies using ISR results effectively?

By Qi Yongqiang, Corner Stone & Partners

China’s Patent Law subject to fourth amendment

By John Xia, Corner Stone & Partners

Prevent your business partners from squatting on your TM

By Maggie Yang, Corner Stone & Partners

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