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China: Supreme People’s Court Designated as Appeals Court for Highly Technical IP Cases

(Nov. 29, 2018) On October 26, 2018, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee issued the Decision on Several Issues Concerning the Litigation Procedures in Patent and Other Intellectual Property Cases (Decision). Effective January 1, 2019, the Decision designates the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), the highest court in China, as the appeals court to hear […]

Hong Kong: Government Revises Immigration Policy to Grant Same-Sex Partners Dependent Visa

(Nov. 26, 2018) On September 18, 2018, the government of Hong Kong announced that its immigration policy on applications of nonlocal dependents to enter Hong Kong has been revised. As of September 19, 2018, “a person who has entered into a same-sex civil partnership, same-sex civil union, ‘same-sex marriage’, opposite-sex civil partnership or opposite-sex civil […]

China: E-Commerce Law Passed

(Nov. 21, 2018) On August 31, 2018, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) passed the PRC Electronic Commerce Law. The Law will take effect on January 1, 2019. (Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo Dianzi Shangwu Fa [PRC Electronic Commerce Law] (promulgated Aug. 31, 2018, effective […]

China: New Regulation on Police Cybersecurity Supervision and Inspection Powers Issued

(Nov. 13, 2018) On September 15, 2018, the Ministry of Public Security (MPS) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) issued a new regulation on cybersecurity supervision and inspections by the police. (Gong’an Jiguan Hulianwang Anquan Jiandu Jiancha Guiding  [Measures of Internet Security Supervision and Inspection by the Public Security Organs] (Sept. 15, […]

China: International Commercial Courts and International Commercial Expert Committee Established

(Oct. 26, 2018) On June 25, 2018, China’s highest court, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC), issued a judicial interpretation on the establishment of the China International Commercial Courts (CICCs). (Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on Several Issues Regarding the Establishment of the International Commercial Court (Fa Shi [2018] No. 11, June 25, 2018, effective […]

China: Individual Income Tax Law Revised

(Sept. 24, 2018) On August 31, 2018, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) revised the PRC Individual Income Tax Law (IIT Law). Taking effect on January 1, 2019, the new IIT Law brings significant changes to China’s individual income tax regime. (Zhonghua Renmin […]

China: Supreme Court Issues Rules on Internet Courts, Allowing for Blockchain Evidence

(Sept. 21, 2018) On September 3, 2018, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued a judicial interpretation on the hearing of cases by the country’s newly created internet courts. Taking effect on September 7, 2018, the SPC Provisions on the Hearing of Cases by Internet Courts (SPC Interpretation) allows evidence stored and verified on blockchain platforms […]

China: Central Government Bans Sale of E-Cigarettes to Minors

(Sept. 19, 2018) On August 31, 2018, two Chinese central government regulators, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) and the State Tobacco Monopoly Administration (STMA, also known as China Tobacco), jointly issued a circular to ban the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors. (Guojia Shichang Jiandu Guanli Zongju, Guojia Yancao Zhuanmai Ju Guanyu Jinzhi […]

China: State Council Issues Rules on Normative Documents

(Aug. 28, 2018) On May 31, 2018, the State Council (China’s cabinet) issued a circular on the making of normative documents, which are regulatory documents issued by the government that are not formal regulations as regulated by China’s Law on Legislation, but still impose binding obligations on individuals and legal entities. (Guowuyuan Bangongting Guanyu Jiaqiang […]

China: Tax Incentives Extended to More Small Businesses

(Aug. 17, 2018) On July 11, 2018, China’s Ministry of Finance (MOF) and State Administration of Taxation (SAT) jointly issued a notice mandating the doubling of the income threshold for small, low-profit companies to be eligible for preferential corporate income-tax incentives. (MOF and SAT, Notice on Further Expanding the Scope of Application of the Preferential […]