Chinese Intellectual Property News – July 2013

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Hello everyone! Our friends at AFD China recently released their monthly newsletter.  Please see below for the highlights from the July edition:

  • China issued a development report, marking the fifth anniversary of the implementation of the National IP Strategy.  The report showed an upward trend in efficiency and development for the country.
  • Spending and research by the Chinese is increasing and solidifying the country as a major competitor in the global marketplace, only second to the United States.
  • There has been an increase in Intellectual Property Lawsuits involving overseas corporations from January to May of this year.  Last year, only 1.7% of lawsuits were foreign,  while 2% of 504 lawsuits involved overseas companies for the first 5 months of 2013. 
  • As this article explains, China has some of the strictest intellectual property laws anywhere in the world.  However, enforcement and implementation of these laws still poses a problem.
  • China has toughened their policies relating to trademark infringement, as steeper fines will be issued to violators. 
  • Lastly, the 6th IP5 Meeting was held in the United States from June 3-5th.  Heads from China, the United States, Europe, Japan and South Korea discussed the latest developments and next steps for the five offices.

Thanks again to our colleagues at AFD China for issuing this very informative newsletter.  Also, 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.