• The Anti-Monopoly Law Amendment Draft has Recently been Published
    The State Administration for Market Regulation recently published the Anti-Monopoly Law amendment draft to solicit public opinion. That means the law that has been in force for 11 years will be amended. Many local governments in China, obsessed with such economic indexes as "growth rate", "economic scale" and "profit", have focused more on some industrial policies to ensure economic g
    2020-01-10Read more
  • Launch of New Patent System in Hong Kong
    The Patents Registry of the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) has started accepting and examining filings under the new patent system launched today (December 19). The new patent system essentially comprises an original grant patent (OGP) system which creates a direct route for seeking standard patent protection in Hong Kong with a maximum term of 20 years, as an alternative to the existing "re-registrat
    2019-12-19Read more
  • New Amendment in the Guidelines for Patent Examination:Delayed Examination
    On September 23, 2019, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the newly revisedGuidelines for Patent Examination(hereinafter referred to asthe Guidelines), which took effect on November 1, 2019. The revisedGuidelineshasmade 15 adjustments in 9 aspects, among which the new regulation on delayed examination has attracted the attention of many applicants. Delayed examination The rev
    2019-12-13Read more
  • New Trademark Laws in Myanmar
    On 30 January 2019, the Union Parliament of Myanmar passed the Myanmar Trademark Law No. 3/2019 which will come into effect on 1 January 2020. The Myanmar Trademark Law has introduced a formal trademark registration system and a first-to-file framework. As announced by the Myanmar IP Department ("MIPO") on 22 October 2019 and in a subsequent guideline article in the Government newspaper, there will be a
    2019-12-06Read more
  • New Rules to Sanction Trademark Filing Irregularities in Force from Dec.1
    At a recent press conference on easing market entry and improving climate for doing business, the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) announced the enactment of theRules on Regulating Trademark Filing Acts, which was released in the form of SAMR Decree No.17 and will be in force from December 1. According to SAMR Vice Minister Qin Yizhi, while executing theTrademark Lawand theRules, SAMR and China Na
    2019-11-01Read more
  • China-Singapore PPH Pilot Program Extended; China-Argentina PPH Pilot Program Launched on September 2, 2019
    China-Singapore Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot Program Extended for Another Two Years According to a decision jointly made by CNIPA and IPOS, the PPH pilot program between China and Singapore will be extended for another two years between September 1, 2019 and August 31, 2021. Relevant requirements and procedures to submit PPH requests to the two offices remain unchanged. The China-Singapore PPH pilot p
    2019-09-18Read more
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