In an effort to prevent and curb unfair competition in the online sphere, maintain fair market competition, encourage innovation, and protect the legitimate rights and interests of businesses and consumers, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) of China recently announced the “Provisional Regulations on Combating Unfair Competition in the Online Sphere” (hereinafter referred to as the “Regulations”), which will take effect on September 1, 2024.Continue Reading Provisional Regulations on Combating Unfair Competition in the Online Sphere: A Step Toward a Healthier Digital Economy

中国将对航空航天领域的技术、软件和设备实施出口管制措施

On May 30, 2024, the Ministry of Commerce of China (the “Ministry of Commerce”), the General Administration of Customs of China, and the Equipment Development Department of the Central Military Commission of China issued Announcement No. 21 of 2024 to implement export control measures on technology, software, and equipment in the aerospace sector (the “Measures”). The Measures will become effective on July 1, 2024. We have summarized the key provisions of the Measures in this post as follows:Continue Reading China to Implement Export Controls on Aerospace Technology, Software, and Equipment

On May 14th at 5 am in DC, the White House released its decision on the new section 301 tariffs. There is a 100% tariff on Chinese EVs effective this year (which is in addition to the usual 2.5% import duty on cars). 

The tariff rate on Chinese lithium-ion EV batteries will increase from 7.5% to 25% in 2024, while the tariff rate on lithium-ion non-EV batteries will increase from 7.5% to 25% in 2026. The tariff rate on Chinese battery parts will increase from 7.5% to 25% in 2024.Continue Reading The Sky’s the Limit – Yet More Section 301 Tariffs on China

China’s Company Law was initially enacted in 1993, and was subsequently amended in 1999, 2004, 2013, 2018, and 2005. On December 29, 2023, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress approved a comprehensive amendment to the Company Law (as amended, the “New Company Law”). The New Company Law will come into effect on July 1, 2024. Under the New Company Law, 228 articles have been amended, which will impact many aspects of the governance and operations of Chinese companies, including but not limited to a company’s capital structure, corporate governance, shareholders’ obligation to contribute capital, duties of directors and officers, the effects of corporate resolutions, corporate bonds, the registration of a company, etc. In this and a few subsequent posts, we will explain in more detail the changes introduced under the New Company Law.Continue Reading Amendment to China’s Company Law (1): Contribution of Capital and Authorized Capital Concept

中国正式发布《促进和规范数据跨境流动规定》

On March 22, 2024, nearly six months after the release of the “draft Provisions on Regulating and Promoting Cross-border Data Transfer” (the “Draft Rules”), the Cybersecurity Administration of China (the “CAC”) formally released the “Regulations on Facilitating and Regulating Cross-border Data Flow” (the “New Regulations”), which came into effect on the date of release.Continue Reading China Issues Regulations on Facilitating and Regulating Cross-Border Data Flow

On December 11, 2023, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China announced its decision to amend the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China (the “2023 Regulations”), marking the first update in over 13 years since the last amendment in 2010. The 2023 Regulations take effect on January 20, 2024. This article highlights some of the major changes introduced by the 2023 Regulations that patent practitioners should be aware of when managing their patent portfolio in China.Continue Reading Highlights of Revised Regulations for Implementing Patent Law of China

On January 26, 2024, the State Council of China published the “Regulations of the Filing Threshold for Operators’ Concentration (2024 Revision)” (the “New Filing Threshold”), which took effect on the same day. This amendment to the filing thresholds for operators’ concentration will enhance the allocation of anti-monopoly enforcement resources, and represents another step China takes to improve its competition policy, and foster the development of a more transparent and efficient competition regulatory framework.Continue Reading China Raises Turnover Threshold for Anti-Monopoly Filing in M&A Deals

In September 2022, the Cyberspace Administration of China (the “CAC”) officially enacted the Measures on Security Assessment for the Cross-border Transfer of Data (the “Measures”). Under the Measures, an entity (the “data processor”) shall conduct a security assessment if its cross-border data transfer activities involves any of the following scenarios:Continue Reading Companies in Beijing are Submitting Application Materials Relating to the Security Assessment for Cross-border Data Transfer 

In a decision issued[1] November 27, 2023, a Chinese court ruled that AI-generated content can enjoy protection under copyright law. The finding, the first of its kind in China, is in direct conflict with the human authorship requirement under U.S. copyright law and may have far-reaching implications.Continue Reading Computer Love: Beijing Court Finds AI-Generated Image is Copyrightable in Split with United States

On September 28, 2023, the Cybersecurity Administration of China (the “CAC”) published a set of draft Provisions on Regulating and Promoting Cross-border Data Transfer (the “Draft Rules”) to solicit public comments. It has not been publicly announced when the Draft Rules will come into effect. Some legal practitioners speculate that they would take effect before the expiration of the grace period for filing the standard contracts as stipulated in Measures on the Standard Contract for Cross-Border Transfer of Personal Information[i]. However, these remain speculations and are not confirmed by the authorities in any official announcement.Continue Reading China Released Draft Rules Regulating and Promoting Cross-Border Data Transfer

On May 8, 2023, the National Health Commission of the People’s Republic of China (the “PRC”), along with 13 other government departments of the PRC, issued the “Key Highlights for Combating Corruption in the Medicine Purchase and Sale Industry and Medical Services Industry for the Year 2023” to launch a comprehensive anti-corruption campaign in the pharmaceutical industry. Subsequently, local health commissions in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong, Hainan, and various other provinces and cities in the PRC released notices for corrective actions specifically targeting the pharmaceutical industry. On August 15, 2023, the National Health Commission of the PRC further unveiled the “Questions and Answers Regarding the Comprehensive Anti-Corruption Campaign in the Pharmaceutical Industry,” providing additional direction and guidance on the anti-corruption campaign. All these actions collectively have had and will continue to have a profound impact on the pharmaceutical industry in China.Continue Reading Overview of Recent Anti-Corruption Enforcement Actions in the Pharmaceutical Industry in China