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China: Trademark Law Revised, Prohibiting Bad-Faith Trademark Filings

(July 30, 2019) On April 23, 2019, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) adopted an amendment to the PRC Trademark Law specifically prohibiting bad-faith trademark filings. The amended articles will take effect on November 1, 2019. (NPC Standing Committee Decision of Amending Eight […]

China: New Waste-Sorting Rules to Take Effect in Shanghai

(June 27, 2019) On July 1, 2019, the Shanghai Household Waste Management Regulation will take effect. Passed by the Shanghai Municipal People’s Congress on January 31, 2019, the Regulation establishes rules for sorting household waste and restricts disposable items provided by restaurants and hotels in Shanghai. (Shanghai Household Waste Management Regulation (Jan. 31, 2019, effective […]

Taiwan: Same-Sex Marriage Law Enters into Effect

(June 18, 2019) On May 17, 2019, Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan approved the Enforcement Act of Judicial Yuan Interpretation No. 748, a special law legalizing same-sex marriage in Taiwan. Taking effect on May 24, 2019, the Act is the first law passed in Asia to allow same-sex marriage. (Sifayuan Shizi Di 748 Hao Jieshi Shixing Fa […]

China: Trade Secret Provisions Under Anti-unfair Competition Law Revised

(June 6, 2019) On April 23, 2019, the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) adopted an amendment to the PRC Anti-unfair Competition Law, revising provisions of the Law concerning trade secrets. The amended Law took effect on the same day. (NPC Standing Committee Decision of Amending […]

China: Foreign Investment Law Passed

(May 30, 2019) On March 15, 2019, China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) passed the Foreign Investment Law of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China). Effective on January 1, 2020, the Law will replace the three primary laws regulating foreign-invested enterprises (FIEs) in China: the Law on Sino-Foreign Equity Joint Ventures, the Law on […]

Hong Kong: Court of Appeal Declines to Issue Sentencing Guidelines for Animal Cruelty Cases

(Apr. 30, 2019) In a judgment dated April 4, 2019, Hong Kong’s Court of Appeal turned down a Department of Justice prosecutor’s request to increase punishments for an animal abuser and declined to issue sentencing guidelines for animal cruelty cases. (Chris Lau, Punishment for Animal Abuse Should Not Be Strengthened Say Hong Kong Judges, As […]

Singapore: Payment Services Act Passed, Regulating Cryptocurrency Dealing or Exchange Services

(Apr. 17, 2019) On January 14, 2019, the Parliament of Singapore passed the Payment Services Act, bringing cryptocurrency dealing or exchange services under the supervision of the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), the city-state’s central bank and financial regulator. (Payment Services Act 2019, No. 2 of 2019 (Jan. 14, 2019, assented to by the President […]

Hong Kong: Hong Kong Monetary Authority Issues Circular on Cryptoassets

(Apr. 4, 2019) On March 18, 2019, the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA) issued a circular endorsing a statement on cryptoassets made by the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision (BCBS). In the Circular, the HKMA asks banks planning to engage in activities relating to cryptoassets to discuss them with the HKMA and demonstrate that they […]

China: Measures Prohibiting Hiring Discrimination Against Women Issued

(Mar. 15, 2019) On February 21, 2019, China’s Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) published on its website the Circular on Further Regulating Recruitment Activities to Promote Equal Employment for Women. The Circular was jointly issued by the MOHRSS, the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Justice, the Supreme People’s Court, and several […]

China: No Immediate Plan to Delete Family Planning from Laws

(Feb. 25, 2019) In a response to a suggestion raised by the National People’s Congress (NPC) delegates, China’s National Health Commission (NHC) states there is no plan to delete references to “family planning” from Chinese laws. The Response, dated September 25, 2018, was published on the NHC website on January 8, 2019. (NHC, Response to […]