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Stephen K Y Wong will be sharing his insights on the “De-weaponisation of Data – Cyber Bullying and Doxxing” in a Zoom webinar organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers.

The webinar will take place on 14 January 2022 (Friday) at 15:30 – 17:30 (HKT).

The webinar covers topical issues such as data as a tool and a weapon, information warfare, the weaponised web and National Security, where they occur and forms of occurrence, the recent amendments to the Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance (Cap.486), criminalization, scope of the new offences and extra-territoriality, new powers, and the first enforcement case on 13 December 2021, etc.

The webinar is in Cantonese, with presentation materials in English to be shared with participants after completion of the webinar.

2-Hours Insurance Authority CPD granted.

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Many congratulations to our Stephen KY Wong and Andrew Lynn who have been appointed to the New Panel of Arbitrators of the Shanghai Arbitration Commission (SHAC) (上海仲裁委员会) with effect from 1 January 2022 for a term of 5 years.

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Congratulations to Au Lut Chi and Ian Chu who have been appointed as Chairmen of the Appeal Tribunal Panel, pursuant to section 45 of the Buildings Ordinance (Cap.123) from 1 December 2021 to 30 November 2024.

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A hearing for an opposition to trade mark application was heard before the IP Department on 27 August 2021 and the decision was handed down on 5 November 2021. The opposition concerns a registration of a trade mark “金佛水” under class 35 by an earlier trade mark “大佛水”.

Ian Chu acted for the applicant in the said hearing. In short, the IP Department was of the view that:-

  • There is insufficient evidence supporting that the earlier trade mark has been widely used in Hong Kong for a long time and therefore the use of it does not make the earlier trade mark more distinctive;
  • The degree of similarity between two marks is only medium; and
  • While the wholesale and retailing of medicines, Chinese herbal medicine and nasal spray under the subject class 35 (“Class A Services”) are complementary to the goods covered by earlier trade mark, others including the sale of tonic food, cosmetic and skincare products and nutritious food etc (“Class B Services”) are not similar to the goods covered by the earlier trade mark.

Accordingly, the IP Department rejected the opposition to the registration of the subject trade mark under Class B Services.

For the full Statement of Reasons for Decision by the IP Department, please see https://www.ipd.gov.hk/chi/intellectual_property/trademarks/trademarks_decisions/decision/DEC304805190OP.pdf or contact our Ian Chu.

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Our Stephen Wong will be sharing his insights in a webinar organised by the Hong Kong Federation of Insurers to assist insurers, bankers and other practitioners involved in offering services to or assessing the activities of individuals in mainland China, to understand the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (Effective Nov. 1, 2021) 《中华人民共和国个人信息保护法》, its impacts and actions to be taken to address the new challenges.

Click here to register. The title of the webinar is “China – the only Significant Competitor to the EU in Data Protection Law – An Overview of the Personal Information Protection Law (PIPL) & Its Impacts on Financial Enterprises”. The details are as follows:

  • When: 23 November 2021 (15:30 – 17:30 HKT)
  • Application Deadline: 18 November 2021
  • Medium: English
  • CPD Hours: 2.00

 

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Stephen Wong will be sharing his views as guest speaker in the “Road to Compliance: China’s new Data Privacy Laws” seminars organised by Eversheds Sutherland to be held on 15 and 20 September 2021. Further events details can be found in the flyer. Please register by submitting the registration form on or before 14 September 2021.

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Our Stephen Wong recently shared his insights about the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (Effective Nov. 1, 2021) 《中华人民共和国个人信息保护法》 in an interview with the South China Morning Post (SCMP).

Click here to see the SCMP News Report. The full text of the PRC legislation and its English translation can be found on the International Centre of Cyber Law (网络法治国际中心) website.

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Our Stephen Wong recently shared his insights about the Personal Information Protection Law of the People’s Republic of China (Effective Nov. 1, 2021) 《中华人民共和国个人信息保护法》 in an interview with the Southern Metropolitan Post (南方都市报).

Click here to read the report of the interview (in Chinese language only).

The full text of the PRC legislation and its English translation can be found on the International Centre of Cyber Law (网络法治国际中心) website.

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