We're almost back to normal life here in China, but of course the new Corona Virus is still the main topic in the news.

For this reason, we talk about the consequences of the virus on contracts: can the outbreak of 2019-nCoV be considered Force Majeure? Force Majeure, as you maybe know, refers to unforeseeable, unavoidable and unconquerable objective

circumstances that make impossible for the parties to performing their obligations.

In the second article we asked some questions to Cherry Zhou, HFG expert, about the patentability of virus, medicaments and vaccines.

But the world doesn't stop because of the virus! Under the new Anti-Unfair Competition Law the People's Court in Fujian Province issued a judicial decision recognizing the special design of the B. Duck shoes: the shoe's model constitutes decoration with a certain influence.

The news about MUJI case has been widely and alarmingly reported by many medias. Read what happened and why the Japanese brand MUJI lost a trademark infringement case in China.

Last but not least, we deal with the analysis of the recently released IPR 2019 Report from Alibaba Group.

We can learn, amongst others, the new measures taken by the Group against facilities manufacturing and selling fake products on its platforms.

Stay safe, cheer up and enjoy the reading!

GossIP – March, 2020, HFG Law & Intellectual Property Newsletter

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