Intellectual Property Law

Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launches new file-sharing site

Kim Dotcom launched his new file-sharing website 'Mega' on Sunday. Photo: Reuters

Indicted Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom launched a new file-sharing website on Sunday, promising users amped-up privacy levels in a defiant move against the US prosecutors who accuse him of facilitating massive online piracy.

Sunday, 20 January, 2013, 10:33am

SFC is right to use enforcement in face of 'state secrets' excuse

The mainland's state secrets law can be an occupational hazard for journalists, academics and activists because it is loosely defined and used to restrict information and stifle public debate. Now it looms as a risk for investors, too.

31 Aug 2012 - 2:13am

Ruling favours Apple in hearing over iPad name

Apple, fighting for the right to use the 'iPad' name on the mainland, won a Hong Kong court ruling yesterday, barring its legal adversary from introducing certain evidence in an upcoming trial in the city.

22 May 2012 - 12:00am

Does art need protection in digital age?

If you owned a convenience store and someone broke in and stole a 24-pack of soft drinks, you would contact the police and report the theft. Yet, say you directed a new film. What would happen if someone made a copy of your film, and shared it with other hundreds of thousands of netizens on the web? What would you say to police then?

16 May 2012 - 12:00am

Boost for Apple in court tussle over iPad trademark

Apple's legal right to the 'iPad' brand received a big boost after a United States court dismissed a Taiwanese company's lawsuit to reclaim that trademark.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Copyright bill does not fit the digital age

The government's copyright amendment bill has been dubbed the Article 23 of the cyber world. It may just suffer the same fate as the original.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Copyright law no laughing matter

Spoof songs, photos and videos have provided much humour and social commentary on the internet, but the laughter could soon end in Hong Kong. The government is moving to overhaul its existing copyright ordinance with the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2011.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Pressure on local cadres to combat counterfeit goods

The central government has pledged to combat fake and shoddy products by monitoring local governments' efforts to counteract them as part of their annual achievement appraisals.

9 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Apple bites back over iPad rights

Nearly a week after launching the third generation of its popular media tablet, Apple yesterday went on the offensive against Proview Technology (Shenzhen) and accused the debt-ridden company of 'misleading Chinese courts' and the public about its claim to the 'iPad' trademark.

14 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hermes loses patent suit over Chinese name

Luxury brand Hermes was dealt another blow in a long-running infringement battle against a Guangdong garment factory which owns the trademark 'Aimashi' - similar to Hermes' brand name on the mainland.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am


Students must focus or fail their exams

Two schoolmates asked me to teach them mathematics. They were from another class which had bad maths results.

6 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Mega risks of doing business online with US companies

Be careful where you click! If you conduct business online, you could be arrested for violating the United States' intellectual property laws - even though you haven't set foot in the country.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Corrections & clarifications

In the story headlined 'When you have the right to take photos' on page C3 yesterday copyright lawyer Kenny Wong's legal firm should have been named as Mayer Brown JSM.

20 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

When you have the right to take photos

The photo ban saga at Dolce & Gabbana's Tsim Sha Tsui store has stirred debate over a balance between the right to take pictures in public areas and protection of copyright.

19 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Apple faces fight or big payout

With its hope to secure the 'iPad' brand dashed by a Shenzhen court, Apple now must choose between the prospect of a drawn-out litigation or the expediency of a settlement.

8 Dec 2011 - 12:00am