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Intellectual property rights protection deeply influences tire industry

China has lately released China Intellectual Property Rights Protection and Business Environment Report, which concluded the progress China has achieved in law system, law enforcement, judicial protection, co-ordination, international cooperation and business environment in recent years. has found the Report concerns about the tire industries in certain aspects.

Strengthening protection of trade marks

As people’s knowledge on intellectual property rights advances, more and more tire manufacturers choose to use reasonable and legal methods to safeguard their rights.

In February 2017, the Market Inspection and Administration Bureau of Jiaojiang distric, Taizhou city, Zhejiang province received a report complaint from Zhongce Rubber on thefts of its brand of “Chaoyang.”

Through inspections, the Market Inspection and Administration Bureau of Jiaojiang found 356 pieces of tires illegally marked with the word “Chaoyang” in Chinese.

The law breaker violated the exclusive right to use of registered trade mark. Zhongce Rubber registered the brand of “Chaoyang” in 2010, which means no one else has the right to use “Chaoyang” as a trade mark.

In the end, those tires were confiscated and the law breaker was fined with 150,000 yuan.

Increasing intellectual property cases

China founded intellectual property rights courts in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai in 2014.

By June 2017, the three courts altogether received 46,000 intellectual property right cases and completed 33,000 of them.

In June 2017, Bridgestone won the case of appealing Guangzhou Hunan Rubber Tire and Guangzhou Fengli Rubber Tire for patent infringement of Wanli Tire in the Shanghai Intellectual Property Rights Court.

In the past few years, such cases on intellectual property rights in the tire industry happened quite often in China.

The State Council and Supreme People’s Court of China have published six documents concerning guidelines of intellectual property rights since December 2015.

Departments including the Supreme People’s Court, the Supreme People’s Procuratorate of China, the General Customs and the State Administration for Industry and Commerce often carried out joint law enforcement campaigns, cultivating a good environment for protecting intellectual property rights.