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China’s draft measure on cross-border personal information transfer

On June 13, 2019, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CMA, 国家互联网信息办公室), an office that serves as China’s central internet regulator and censor, released the draft Measures for Security Assessment of Cross-border Transfer of Personal Information (the Measure, 个人信息出境安全评估办法) for public comment.

Following is a brief analysis on how this Measure, if adopted, could affect U.S. entities doing business in China or doing business with Chinese entities. …

Michael Jordan Shoots in China

Remember to register transliterations as well as English versions of your trademarks in China and elsewhere.  NBA legend Michael Jordan initiated a suit in China alleging the unauthorized use of  his name by a Chinese sportswear and footwear manufacturer.  Michael Jordan became a worldwide basketball star in the 1980s and 1990s.  Qiaodan Sports Company Ltd., changed its name to "Qiaodon", the transliteration of "Jordan", in 2000.  Not only does Qiaodon use the name Jordan, it often has used Michael Jordan’s iconic number 23 and a logo which greatly resembles Nike’s “Jumpman” logo (which Nike uses on Michael Jordan related products) on its products and advertisements.

Nike registered the trademark "Jordan" (in English) in China in 1993 but failed to register the Chinese version allowing Qiaodon to register the Chinese version in 1998.  Jordan appears to have acted after all of these years because other NBA players (such as Yao Ming) have had recent victories under similar circumstances.  Things appear to be looking brighter on the intellectual property front in China.  However, you should still take Michael Jordan’s situation as a lesson/reminder to register transliterations as well as English versions of your trademarks in China and elsewhere.…

New National Nanomanufacturing Network Newsletter

The National Nanomanufacuring Network (NNN) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst just published its October newsletter which you can find here.  There is a nice article by Barbara Beck and Chris Long from Gradient regarding the recent Song nanoparticle study from China which was my first contributing editor piece for NNN’s InterNano.  Please read the newsletter and follow NNN’s valuable work.…

Study of Chinese Print Workers Claims to Provide the First Human Evidence of the Clinical Toxicity of Long-term Nanoparticle Exposures

This article was originally published by the National Nanomanufacturing Network’s "InterNano" project (  It is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported.

A recent study published in the well-known medical journal, the European Respiratory Journal, has been receiving significant publicity as the authors have claimed their findings support an apparent linkage between workplace exposures to nanoparticles and severe respiratory disease. Specifically, in this study, investigators at China’s Capital University of Medical Science related unusual and progressive lung disease in seven Chinese workers, two of whom died, to nanoparticle exposures in a print plant where a polyacrylic ester paste containing nanoparticles was used. This linkage was made by the study investigators despite a general lack of exposure data for the workers.   

The complete review is after the jump . . .

Reviewed by Christopher M. Long, Sc.D., and Barbara D. Beck, Ph.D., DABT, FATS, Gradient

Soil Association Cites Alleged Deaths in Renewed Call for Moritorium on Nanotechnology Commercialization

Earlier today, the Guardian printed a letter from the Soil Association criticizing the paper’s nanotechnology supplement appearing last Thursday.  The letter cites the Song study from China as more evidence supporting its call for a moratorium on nanoscale materials along with "nano-free" standards, which we have previously covered.  Key statements from the letter follow:

"Seven women working in a factory [in China] where nanoparticles were used in paint fell ill with serious lung disease and two died. Researchers . . . found nanoparticles deep in the lungs of the women . . . A chemical in the paint, the patients’ lung tissue and the liquid surrounding the lungs were all found to contain nanoparticles."

"There should be an immediate freeze on the commercial release of nanomaterials until there is a sound body of scientific research into all the health impacts."

The letter does not attempt to explain any of the severe criticism the Song article has received by most main stream scientists, and is a good example of bad science put to a questionable use.…