• EPO-CNIPA Pilot Starts on 01 December, 2020
    Chinese patent applicantswill be able to designate EPO as ISA, giving them an additional option for their international search A two‑year pilot between the European Patent Office (EPO) and the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will enable nationals and residents of the People's Republic of China to select the EPO as their International Searching Authority (ISA) for applications
    2020-11-09Read more
  • Comparison of the 4th Amendment to the Current China’s Patent Law
    On October 17th, 2020, The Decision of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress to Amend the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China was adopted and issued at the 22nd Session of the Standing Committee of the Thirteenth National People's Congress of the People's Republic of China. This is the Fourth Amendment to the China’s Patent Law, which shall come into force on June 1st
    2020-11-05Read more
  • Draft Amendment to China's Copyright Law Gets 2nd Reading
    China’s Copyright Law was put into effect in 1991 and amended in 2001 and 2010. With the rapid development and application of new technologies, the current Copyright Law can no longer meet the practical needs. Therefore, the third amendment to the Copyright Law was launched in 2011. On April 26th, 2020, the Draft Amendment to China's Copyright Law (hereinafter referred to as “the Draft Amendment
    2020-09-28Read more
  • USPTO’s New Schedule of Fees for Patent
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is setting or adjusting patent fees for Fiscal Year 2020, which is the first fee increase in almost three years. The Final Rule will benefit the intellectual property (IP) community by enabling the USPTO to continue to enhance the quality of patent examinations, achieve optimal examination times, invest in modernizing patent information technology (IT) systems and
    2020-08-14Read more
  • The Second Review of the Draft Amendment to the Patent Law
    The draft amendment to the Chinese Patent Law was submitted to an ongoing session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's top legislature, for a second review on June. 28th. Promoting the exploitation and application of patents Theexploitation of patents is a key link in transforming innovative achievements into productivity. Article 6 of the second draft, on the basis t
    2020-07-02Read more
  • Civil Code: Promoting the New Development of Punitive Compensation for Intellectual Property
    On May 28th, 2020, the Third Session of the 13th National People's Congress voted to adopt the Civil Code of the People's Republic of China, declaring that China has entered the "era of civil code", which is the first law named after the "code" in the history of new China, creating a precedent for the codification and legislation of China's code. In this legislation, because the rel
    2020-06-20Read more
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