It’s been almost a year since the new “Internet clause” in China’s Anti-Unfair Competition Law (AUCL) is in force. The enforcement authority hasn’t used it much in 2018. But one decision is noteworthy.
On 1 January 2018, the first amendment to the AUCL since its enactment in 1993 came into effect. One of the major changes … Continue Reading
In stark contrast to the rapid development of e-commerce in China, it has taken nearly five years and no less than four drafts for China to finalise its first e-Commerce Law. The new law will enter into force on 1 January 2019.
This new law has a remarkably broad scope, encompassing many aspects of e-commerce, including, for example, e-payments, … Continue Reading
On 13 April 2016, the Beijing High People’s Court released the Trial Guidelines on Network Related Intellectual Property Right Cases (“Guidelines”). To a large extent, the Guidelines seem to be an attempt to codify the vast – and at times inconsistent – case law in this area by courts across China.
The issuance of the Guidelines represents the second codification … Continue Reading
On 14 October 2015, a local court in Shanghai adopted the latest in a series of judgments on the legality of software and other technical measures that block or skip advertisements on digital platforms.
In its judgment, the Shanghai Yangpu District People’s Court found that Juwangshi Technology Corporation (“Juwangshi“), a video streaming service aggregator, had breached anti-unfair competition … Continue Reading
China’s regulatory framework for foreign investment in the e-commerce industry has undergone significant liberalization. Previous pilot programs on a local level have been extended nationwide, with directives from the highest political level to remove restrictions.
On 19 June 2015, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology issued a notice to lift foreign ownership restrictions in the e-commerce sector, subject to … Continue Reading
On May 2, 2014, the Hong Kong Communications Authority (“CA”) announced its antitrust clearance decision for the acquisition of CSL New World Mobility Limited by HKT Limited.
Antitrust clearance was required under the Telecommunications Ordinance, as both parties have subsidiaries – “HKT” and “CSL,” in short – which hold telecommunications carrier licenses.
The CA examined the impact of … Continue Reading
The Internet of Things, or the Internet of Everything, has become a popular buzzword in recent times. But what does it really mean? While there are many definitions, the central premise is that many or most of the everyday objects in our lives, from kitchen appliances to highways to paperclips, can be uniquely identified and linked together into a network … Continue Reading