The most popular social media app WeChat, developed by Chinese
Internet giant Tencent, has issued a report recently, committing to
enhance IP proteciton. Wechat has totally 650 million users,
including more than 10 million public accounts.
The WeChat team received more than 22,000 complaints about
public accounts in 2015, of which 13,000 concerned IP issues, and
12,000 complaints about individual accounts, of which about 200
Trademark infringements accounted for the majority of
complaints, of which about 90% were about unauthorized
use. The company handled more than 17,000 complaints about
counterfeit goods last year, 7,400 of which were confirmed by
trademark owners. More than 7,000 WeChat accounts selling fake
goods were shut down.
WeChat had launched a trademark protection mechanism since 2015,
which involves about 40 trademark right owners covering more
than 100 brands, including well-known international brands such as
LV and Chanel.
In the copyright domain, 61% of the complaints about public
accounts involved written works, while 67% of the complaints on
individual accounts were about photography.
An originality declaration function allowing authors to set
limitations on sharing was introduced on Jan 23, 2015, which
automatically checks the originality of submitted content by
comparing it with prior work. The mechanism has recorded more than
5 million authorized shares.
The WeChat's IP team will block or erase the infringing
content upon finding an infringment and the publisher will be given
a warning or in more severe cases have restrictions on the account.
In certain cases the WeChat account will be canceled
The content of this article is intended to provide a general
guide to the subject matter. Specialist advice should be sought
about your specific circumstances.
To print this article, all you need is to be registered on Mondaq.com.
Click to Login as an existing user or Register so you can print this article.
This article enunciates the recent, much awaited, and landmark judgment delivered on September 16, 2016 by Hon'ble Delhi High Court throwing light on the important provisions of the Copyright Act, 1962.
The Patents Act 1970, along with the Patents Rules 1972, came into force on 20th April 1972, replacing the Indian Patents and Designs Act 1911. The Patents Act was largely based on the recommendations of the Ayyangar Committee Report headed by Justice N. Rajagopala Ayyangar. One of the recommendations was the allowance of only process patents with regard to inventions relating to drugs, medicines, food and chemicals.
The Policy stresses on the need for a holistic approach to be taken on legal, administrative, institutional and enforcement issues related to IP.
Some comments from our readers… “The articles are extremely timely and highly applicable” “I often find critical information not available elsewhere” “As in-house counsel, Mondaq’s service is of great value”
Register for Access and our Free Biweekly Alert for
This service is completely free. Access 250,000 archived articles from 100+ countries and get a personalised email twice a week covering developments (and yes, our lawyers like to think you’ve read our Disclaimer).