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-registrat2019-12-19Read 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 revised Guidelines for Patent Examination (hereinafter referred to as the Guidelines), which took effect on November 1, 2019. The revised Guidelines hasmade 15 adjustments in 9 aspects, among which the new regulation on delayed examination has attracted the attention of many applicants.
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 a2019-12-06Read 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 Na2019-11-01Read 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 p2019-09-18Read more
China to Introduce More Measures on IPR Protection
China will take measures to support the healthy development of the platform economy, boost new drivers of optimizing economic structure, pushing ahead industry upgrading and increasing job opportunities and further strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights (IPRs) as part of efforts in effectively protecting the lawful rights and interests of all types of market actors, the State Council's executiv2019-07-24Read more