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TOPIC: intellectual property


China Fights Rampant Counterfeiting Of French Wine

BEIJING — Beijing recently announced that it would start to recognize a selection of French wines in China, a country where counterfeiting of prominent French wine brands is common.

The announcement, made at the G20 agricultural ministers meeting in China, is a victory for France. China will now recognize 45 Bordeaux wines that have the prestigious French AOC certification.

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New Twists and Turns In Rubik's Cube Trademark Battle

Anyone can make and sell a colorful, cube-shaped 3-D brainteaser with six twisting faces covered by nine square stickers — just don't call it a Rubik's Cube.

The Luxembourg-based European Union Court of Justice weighed in Wednesday on an intellectual property case that has puzzled Europeans for years, with a formal recommendation that "shapes with essential characteristics which are inherent in the generic function or functions of the goods" cannot be trademarked, La Stampa reports.

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The Patent Blindness Of Chinese Copyright Policy

Intellectual property laws in China are used (or simply ignored) for the short-term interests of Chinese companies. But that must change if the nation wants to compete globally.


BEIJING — Recently Xiaomi, China's largest smartphone distributor, made its debut in India. It was immediately sued by Ericsson for violating the Swedish company's patents. Only a few days later, the air purifier made by Xiaomi was also questioned by Balmuda, a Japanese brand, for copying its appearance.

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