IP for App Developers in China

By Alex Bayntun-Lees In 2014 China’s iOS App downloads surged with a 30% increase in quarterly downloads between Q1 2014 and Q1 2015. This rapid growth, stimulated by the release of the iPhone 6 and heavy investment in Apple’s retail presence in the country, has pushed China to the top spot for App downloads worldwide[1]. […]

IP Case Study: Protecting design and innovation in China

By Alex Bayntun-Lees Innovative technology that is used in consumer products can be protected under invention or design patents in China, but this will not offer 100% protection against others illegally using the innovations in knock-off products, particularly while the patent is still pending. However, when it comes to products with functional technology, consumers are […]

China Focus: Managing Intellectual Property as a Business Asset

By Alex Bayntun-Lees For most businesses, intangible assets represent more than 50% of the value of the enterprise. The most significant group of intangible assets are those protected by intellectual property such as inventions, designs and brands. Since they form such a large part of the overall value, their management as financial assets is important […]

Prevention not cure: online IPR in China

By Alex Bayntun-Lees China possesses a population of over 1.3 billion people[1]; of these, there were 632 million internet users in China by the end of 2014 – this is approximately half the population of China and three times the number of internet users in South-East Asia[2]. The share of internet users in China now […]

China IP Case Study: Keeping Trade Secrets

By Alex Bayntun-Lees Nearly all businesses in all industries and sectors possess trade secrets. Trade secrets are a valuable and highly useful form of intellectual property that are nevertheless often undervalued and overlooked by their owners. This is not least the case in the service sector where the relative value of trade secrets as intangible assets […]

Intellectual Property in China’s Food and Beverage Industry

By Alex Bayntun-Lees In 2011, China surpassed the U.S. as the world’s largest consumer market for the food and beverage (F&B) industry, with the Chinese National Bureau of Statistics reporting an annual growth rate of around 15 per cent in F&B imports for the previous five years, totalling around US$98 billion by 2012. Chinese demand […]