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

Intellectual Property in China: More, Faster and Better

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has presented the registration figures for 2019. Foreign applications of intellectual property in China increased again last year. In 2019, the number of patent applications of inventions filed by foreign applicants reached 157,000, an increase of 6% over the previous year. The number of foreign trademark applications rose… Continue reading Intellectual Property in China: More, Faster and Better

Economic and Trade Agreements also Protects the Pharmaceutical Industry

The trade agreement between the USA and China also includes the protection of intellectual property rights for the pharmaceutical industry. The focus is on drugs against cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure and stroke. The intention of the agreement is to promote the development of new treatments and cures for these diseases through better patent protection.… Continue reading Economic and Trade Agreements also Protects the Pharmaceutical Industry

Repeated trademark infringement: High punitive damages in China

Shanghai has a new precedent: The court in Pudong, within the framework of a trademark infringement lawsuit, for the first time imposed the maximum possible punitive damages of 3 million RMB at the time of the judgement, which corresponds to almost 390,000 EUR.almost 390,000 EUR. As of December 1, 2019, the statutory punitive damages will… Continue reading Repeated trademark infringement: High punitive damages in China

Access still allowed – The new Chinese Encryption Law

On 26 October, the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China passed the new Chinese Encryption Act (密码法), which will come into force on 1 January 2020. It can be seen as a further addition to the cyber security regime that China has been developing for years and which has gained momentum with… Continue reading Access still allowed – The new Chinese Encryption Law

Geographical Indications of Origin: The Protection Agreement Will Come in 2020

New perspectives for combating false claims on food and beverages: The European-Chinese marathon negotiations on the protection of geographical indications of origin have been officially concluded. The agreement, which is still under legal scrutiny and will have to pass through the European Parliament and the Council, will enter into force in 2020. The agreement is… Continue reading Geographical Indications of Origin: The Protection Agreement Will Come in 2020