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Thursday, January 21, 2010

“World Expo Court”, a Privilege to World Expo Shanghai

“Welcoming World Expo, Fighting Against Piracy”


The “Shanghai World Expo” is definitely a milestone in the contemporary history of China at the last year of the 21st century’s first decade.

The term “World Expo Court” in the announcement (dated 25 December 2009) from the State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”) is absolutely an “eye candy” for me! It seems to be a “privilege” to China as this is tailor-made for the Shanghai World Expo.

This “World Expo Court” will definitely play a special role during the Expo period (i.e. 168 days/half-year running from 1 May to 31 October 2010). What kind of legal cases it will deal with? Does it imply that a great deal of “intellectual property” issues would happen? Who will be plaintiffs and the defendants? All those relevant issues come to my mind, say the logo, trademark, theme-song, the mascot, the tickets (9 different types of tickets) and even the Expo staff, the participants, the audience may occur.

Furthermore, I am also curious about the credibility of the judges, legal clerks, staff, their qualifications, identities, documents, news etc.

There is an old Chinese saying: “There is no silver being buried” which means “someone does something deliberately to tell others that he is innocent”.

Besides being the “world factory”, everyone knows China is a “paradise” for different types of infringement of luxury goods and even food and drinks – sadly to say so.

Can you imagine it is dramatic if a foreign luxury brand finds its fake products in one of the booths at the Expo Shanghai?

If a “World Expo Court” could handle any legal cases or legal disputes incurred during the period, would it be a great chance for them to showcase to the world that there are “Intellectual Property Rights” in China?

It reminds me another famous quote in China in the last decade: “Everything is fake except the liars in China”.