China cracks down on Olympic trademark infringements

China's intellectual property regulator on Monday said it has rejected more than 400 improper trademark registration applications, many of which are related to Bing Dwen Dwen, the mascot for the Beijing Winter Olympics, and Chinese Olympic skier Gu Ailing. The National Intellectual Property Administration said in a notice that it has rejected 429 applications and declared 43 trademarks including those involving the mascot and Gu invalid.

China tops in 2021 int'l patent application volume

The latest statistics issued by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) showed that China ranked first in international patent application volume in 2021 for the third consecutive year, China Science Daily reported on Monday. The WIPO data showed that around 277,500 international applications were filed under WIPO's Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) in 2021, up 0.9 percent year on year.

Treaty gives support to visually impaired

China on Saturday handed the ratification paper of the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled to the World Intellectual Property Organization, or WIPO, based in Geneva. The Marrakesh Treaty, the first and only human rights treaty with copyright, is due to come into force in China in three months and is expected to guarantee print-disabled people equal access to culture and education.