Chinese Intellectual Property News-August 2014

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Hello everyone! Our friends at AFD China recently released their most recent newsletter.  Please see below for highlights:

  • SIPO of China announced that the Patent Prosecution Highway Pilot Program (PPH) between SIPO and UKIPO, IPO and PRV formally began on July 1, 2014. These program will run for 2 years, ending on June 30, 2016. 
  • The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) has partnered with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade to lend its expertise to Chinese companies.  They will work together on 13 issues, including IP exchanges with foreign countries and managing IP training programs. 
  • Administrative departments in China dealt with almost 40,000 cases of infringement and counterfeiting from January – April 2014. 
  • The Central Reform Leading Group held its third meeting and discussed the hierarchy of China’s IP courts. It was decided that to achieve consistency of the judgement on IP cases, three intermediate-level intellectual property courts will be set up in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong. 
  • On July 10th, the opening ceremony of the WIPO agency was held in Beijing. This is the fifth of its kind to be opened worldwide, after offices in the United States, Japan, Brazil and Singapore.

Thanks again to our colleagues at AFD China for issuing this very informative newsletter. For more updates relating to foreign patent filing, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP!

Chinese Intellectual Property News – August 2013

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Hello all! Once again, our friends at AFD China have released their monthly newsletter.  Below, we have included some of the highlights from the August 2013 edition for your consideration:

  • Between January and June of 2013, national prosecutors charged 3,805 individuals with infringements of IP rights in over 2,000 cases.  
  • The first ban on the circulation of trade secrets was implemented in a Shanghai court recently.  As explained in the article, „trade secrets as a kind of intellectual property right were not properly protected under judicial practices for a long time“.  This landmark ruling is a precedent for imposing a ban on trade secrets nationwide, and a huge step in mirroring practices taken in many countries.
  • China intends to strengthen their relationship with Sweden regarding copyright protection, as the two countries met to lay the groundwork for future bilateral cooperation and communication.
  • In other country-specific news, Russia and China recently discussed piracy and the opportunity to target the global issue together.
  • The State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) in China will take an active approach to improve market owner registration procedures.
  • The Fifth Seminar Tour of Patent Cooperation Treaty was successfully held in Beijing from June 17th to the 21st, co-sponsored by SIPO and WIPO. 

Thanks again to our colleagues at AFD China for publishing this very informative newsletter.  To stay updated on the latest headlines in foreign patent filing, please follow us on Twitter @inoviaIP. 

Chinese Intellectual Property News – June 2013

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Hi everyone! Our friends at AFD China have released another great IP newsletter this month, and we’ve picked out a few highlights for you below:

  • On a recent visit to Switzerland, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang promoted the idea of „technological cooperation“ between European and Chinese enterprises.
  • June 5th marked the 5-year anniversary of the implementation of the Outline of National Intellectual Property Strategy, a plan with the overall purpose of strengthening China’s capacity to „create, utilize, protect, and administer intellectual property.“
  • Government officials in Dalian have reported a 10.6% increase in trademark applications in the first four months from a year earlier; however, China is still working to generate more marks of „international significance“.
  • The Alibaba Group has joined forces with SIPO leaders to toughen up on intellectual property right (IPR) violations.

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