• Patent and trademark review period to be shortened by end of 2022
    China will further shorten the time for reviewing patent and trademark applications by the end of next year to improve processing efficiency and promote development of intellectual property rights, a senior official on IPR affairs said on Friday. The time for reviewing high-valued patent applications - now 14 months - is expected to be shortened to 13.8 months by the end of 2022, while the time for trademarks will
    2021-04-23Read more
  • China Files Record High Patent Applications at EPO
    On March 16th, European local time, European Patent Office (EPO) released the Patent Index 2020. According to the index, patent applications originating from China at the EPO grew by 9.9% in 2020, the highest growth rate among the ten leading patent filing countries, to 13,432 applications, setting a new record high. The EPO's Patent Index 2020 shows that despite the pandemic, the overall number of European pa
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  • China Leads the World in PCT Applications in 2020
    China leads the world in PCT applications On March 2, the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO) released the data of the international filings for patents, trademarks and industrial designs in 2020. China filed 68,720 PCT applications in 2020, up 16.1%, continuing to lead the world in this field. In 2019, China surpassed the U.S. in PCT applications for the first time. "Despite the impact of COVID-19,
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  • China clarifies rules on punitive damages for IPR infringements
    Chinese top court on Wednesday released a set of judicial interpretations to further clarify the application of punitive damages in civil cases involving intellectual property right (IPR) infringements. The interpretations, which enter into force on Wednesday, also specify the scope of application, elements of the "malicious intention" and "serious circumstances," as well as the rules for c
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  • Summary of 2020: Chinese IP System to a New Height
    On January 22, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released yearly statistics on patent, trademark, geographic indication (GI) and layout design of integrated circuit in its first quarter press conference of 2021 in Beijing. All major statistics met expectations in 2020, indicating another step upward for the Chinese IP system. In 2020, China granted 530,000 invention patents. At the ye
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  • CIPO ’s New Schedule of Fees for Patent and Trademarks
    OnJanuary 1, 2021, the patent feesand trademarkfeesfor the services outlined below will increase by 2%, in accordance with theService Fees Act. Patent Fees: Fee for applying for extension of time Fees respecting applications: Application Fee; All maintenance fees that are over $150.00; Request for examination fee (except for the small entity examination fee when application was subject of an intern
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