• Nation Strengthens IPR Protections
    China has intensified its efforts to protect intellectual property rights over the past year, with more steps planned for this year, such as amending the Patent Law to substantially increase the cost of infringement, authorities said on Tuesday. Courts across the country handled a surge in IPR-related cases - 288,000 of them, an increase of 42 percent year-on-year,Chief Justice Zhou Qiang said in the annual work
    2019-03-13Read more
  • IPR Given High Priority at Two Sessions
    China's intellectual property rights protection will be further intensified via legislation and law enforcement to maintain market order and improve economic and technological development. As the country deepens domestic reforms and increases international cooperation with a more open attitude, IPR protection has been given higher priority by judicial authorities and governmental departments, according to Ma Y
    2019-03-08Read more
  • Revised Patent Agency Regulations Come into Effect
    The outgoing Patent Agency Regulations (referred to Regulations) had been in play for 28 years. On January 1, the newly revised Regulations took over. The revision follows the requirements of the "delegating power and optimizing services" reform and the need to improve the business environment, stimulate market vitality and social creativity and improves the patent agency system based on the changes in the
    2019-03-06Read more
  • Beijing IPR Court Handles More Cases in 2018
    A Beijing court dedicated to intellectual property right (IPR) cases has said it handled about 18,000 cases in 2018, up 19 percent year on year. Last year, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court also closed about 15,000 IPR-related cases, up 18 percent year on year. The court was set up in 2014 as China's first IPR court. Many foreign companies and multinationals have chosen to file lawsuits in the court t
    2019-02-26Read more
  • China to Improve Trademark Law to Curb Abnormal Filing
    China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the Several Measures on Regulating Trademark Filing for Registration (Draft Open to Comments) on its website on February 12, inviting comments from the general public. The deadline for sending comments is March 14, 2019. In the context of streamlining of trademark registration procedure, contraction of registration pendency, reduction of registra
    2019-02-13Read more
  • USPTO Announces Revised Guidance on Sections 101 and 112
    The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on January 4, 2019, announced newly revised 35 U.S.C. § 101 guidance for use by USPTO personnel in evaluating subject matter eligibility. The USPTO also announced guidance on the application of 35 U.S.C. § 112 to computer-implemented inventions. Both guidance documents take effect Monday, January 7, 2019.
    2019-01-07Read more
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