China Loses the Battle for the WIPO Chairmanship

China has lost the battle for the chairmanship of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO), the UN organization regulating the international protection of intellectual property in Geneva. The new Director General will be Daren Tang, previously Chief Executive Officer of the Intellectual Property Office in Singapore (IPOS). The decision against the Chinese candidate Wang Binying,… Continue reading China Loses the Battle for the WIPO Chairmanship

Extension of the Patent Term: A Driver for Innovation

The trade agreement between the USA and China provides for the extension of the patent term of innovative medical devices to avoid undue delays. This is to the benefit of pharmaceutical companies in both countries. The contractual clause not only supports pharmaceutical manufacturers from the USA, it also benefits innovative Chinese pharmaceutical companies. These companies… Continue reading Extension of the Patent Term: A Driver for Innovation

Huawei debate: Risks can be managed

The British business magazine The Economist brings a new perspective to the hitherto little differentiated debate on the cyber security risk Huawei: the handling of risks, a central category of risk management. The West fears that Huawei’s equipment could have back doors and that these security holes would allow the Chinese to carry out cyber… Continue reading Huawei debate: Risks can be managed

China wants to disconnect itself from foreign countries technologically

The decoupling of the national economies is also being driven forward rapidly by China. For example, 30% of foreign hardware and software is to be replaced by Chinese alternatives in 2020, another 50% by 2021 and the remaining 20% by the following year. This directive, known in China as the “3-5-2 policy”, could affect 20… Continue reading China wants to disconnect itself from foreign countries technologically

Stronger Protection for Trade Secrets – But Only with Proper Protection Measures in Place

Just last November, the U.S. Department of Justice charged a Chinese employee who had worked for Monsanto with theft of trade secrets for China. The existence of trade secrets is a prerequisite for winning an infringement lawsuit. Although China’s newly revised anti-unfair competition lawhas strengthened the protection of trade secrets, it is still challenging to… Continue reading Stronger Protection for Trade Secrets – But Only with Proper Protection Measures in Place

Artificial Intelligence: China Pushes Forward

China has released its new Artificial Intelligence Development Plan. It focuses on strategic objectives and the development of new artificial intelligence by 2030, and also includes protective measures, a detailed timetable and a three-step roadmap. By 2020, the national applications of artificial intelligence are to be synchronized with the global development of this technology. Particular… Continue reading Artificial Intelligence: China Pushes Forward

Autonomous Driving: Dealing with Trade Secrets

In the field of autonomous driving, the decision as to whether an invention should be patented or kept undisclosed as a trade secret is increasingly becoming a key factor for future market success. The reason: the employees in this highly innovative, very dynamic and more converging segment of the automotive and digital industries are not… Continue reading Autonomous Driving: Dealing with Trade Secrets