Responses to the COVID-19 from IP Offices of Countries and Regions
In response to the increasingly severe global epidemic situation, the following countries and regions have taken corresponding emergency measures to ensure the normal operation of IP work.
All time limits expiring between 9 March 2020 and 30 April 2020, that affect all parties before the Office, extended to 1 May 2020. This includes statutory deadlines such as the deadline to oppose a third party trad2020-04-10Read more
EPO’s New Schedule of Fees
The European Patent Office has released theDecision of the Administrative Council of 12 December 2019 amending Articles 2 and 7 of the Rules relating to FeesandDecision of the President of the European Patent Office dated 29 January 2020 revising the Office's fees and expenses(hereinafter referred to as “the Decisions”) in its January 2020 Official Journal, the new schedule of fees shall enter into fo2020-04-01Read more
CNIPA's Response to the COVID-19
Notice on Time Limits for Handling Affairs Regarding Patents, Trademarks and Layout-Designs of Integrated Circuits under the Impact of the COVID-19 Epidemic (Notice No. 350)
For the purpose of implementing the decisions and arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council on preventing and containing the COVID-19 epidemic, and effectively safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of parties a2020-02-07Read more
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 g2020-01-10Read 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-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.