·First anti-monopoly suit happened in Shanghai
Beijing Sursen Electronic Co Ltd sued Shanghai Shanda Network Development Co Ltd and Shanghai Xuanting Entertainment Information and Technology Co Ltd in Shanghai No 1 Intermediate People's Court. Sursen, which operates the Web portal www.du8.com, alleges the two companies are co-managing www.qidian.com and abusing their dominant role in the market to create a monopoly.
·Govt steps up heat on Google
The world's most popular search engine has been dragged into what appears to be an escalating row between China and the United States on Internet controls. Beijing yesterday stepped up accusations that Google is spreading obscene content over the Internet, a day after US officials urged Beijing to abandon plans for the installation of a controversial porn-filtering software, Green Dam, on new computers.
·Wanglaoji in top list for first time Charity pays. Herbal drink brand Wanglaoji, which ranked nowhere in Hurun's brand value list last year, leaped to the 49th ranking this year thanks largely to its generous donation of 100 million yuan to the Sichuan earthquake victims last May.
·Copyright brawl between leading publishers
A Beijing court has started hearing a case filed by Li Shuxi, the former director of Guangming Daily Press, today's Beijing Times reported.Li is demanding 108,000 yuan (US$15,805) from Huang Shuyuan, director of People Press, who allegedly copied 85 percent of his book "Detecting talents" from Li's work.
·Sichuan: Chengdu's "enterprises IPR comprehensive service" experts group walks into enterprises in Xindu
·8th Session of Chinese-Slovenian S&T Cooperation Committee held in Ljubljana
·Researchers develop safer vaccine patches
China IP Articles
·IPR Protection Considerations on Silk Street Market Case. (Issue 29 By Doris Li)
Once again, the Silk Street Market has become the center of media speculation because of the temporary shutdown of 29 stalls by managers on February 1, 2009, for selling counterfeit goods. The case has created several disputes. Manufacturers have become distressed over counterfeiting, and the finesse used by employed investigation companies to crackdown on counterfeiting has become the topic of public discussions.
·Counterfeiting Changes in the Eyes of Rights Defenders. (Issue 29 By Doris Li)
On March 13, 2009, the 2nd Session of the 11th National People’s Congress (NPC) recessed in Beijing. Nearly 3,000 representatives were present at the session. Their motions and proposals attracted wide attention from all parties.