China Reports IP Data from 2020

In January 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the 2020 statistics on patents, trademarks and geographical indications (GI). According to the data, Chinese IPRs were not affected by Covid-19 in 2020, and in fact rose to a new level. This can be seen in three areas. For example, CNIPA granted a total… Continue reading China Reports IP Data from 2020

CSCS is Extended to the Field of IPR

China intends to expand the Corporate Social Credit System (CSCS). In the IPR field, it is intended to establish an IPR Credit System to strengthen the protection of rights holders and fight counterfeiters. So far, the application of the CSCS in the field of IPR is still limited to serious infringements of patents and to… Continue reading CSCS is Extended to the Field of IPR

New Regulation in Patent Law

China strengthens the interests and rights of patent owners, including punitive damages and provisions on abuse of patent rights. In current judicial practice, due to the non-substantive examination for utility model and design applications, malicious applicants apply for and are eventually granted patents that do not meet patent requirements. These malicious applicants then use their… Continue reading New Regulation in Patent Law

Expansion of Design Protection

An amendment to China’s Patent Law, which comes into effect on June 1, 2021, will provide more protection for designs in the future. Registered designs (design patents) are intended to protect the aesthetic and commercial value of a product, but were previously only valid for ten years. This meant that valuable designs could be legally… Continue reading Expansion of Design Protection

Improved Patent Law in The Pharmaceutical Industry

There is movement in the Chinese pharmaceutical IP: On 17 October 2020, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress formally adopted the fourth amendment to the Chinese Patent Law. The new law will enter into force on 1 June 2021 and will be of great importance for pharmaceutical companies in China, as it contains… Continue reading Improved Patent Law in The Pharmaceutical Industry

The Genie in the Bottle: Know-how Protection for Start-ups

The consequences of the loss of know-how are far costlier than its protection. With start-ups, it is not uncommon for the entire investment to be at stake. For start-ups, further specific challenges appear besides the typical risks of know-how outflow. Start-ups, for example, face further challenges due to their open communication culture in coworking spaces… Continue reading The Genie in the Bottle: Know-how Protection for Start-ups

Antimonopoly Directive Restrict Intellectual Property

The Anti-Monopoly Bureau of China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) has published the Anti-Monopoly Guidelines on Intellectual Property Rights (“IPR Guidelines”). This long-awaited Directive aims to prohibit the use of intellectual property rights if they eliminate or restrict competition. The Guidelines also provide clearer rules and guidance on monopoly of intellectual property rights. Chinese… Continue reading Antimonopoly Directive Restrict Intellectual Property

The New Civil Code of the PRC and Intellectual Property

The new Civil Code of the PRC, which will come into force on 1 January 2021, consolidates and elaborates some existing laws. It does not have a dedicated IP part, so the lex specialis such as the Patent Law, Trademark Law, Unfair Competition Law and Copyright Law will remain in force. What is the impact… Continue reading The New Civil Code of the PRC and Intellectual Property

Blue Sky Project: Strict Monitoring the Trademark Agencies

In China, the first-to-file principle applies: the first person or company to register a trademark becomes the owner of the trademark. One of the biggest problems of foreign companies is trademark registration in bad faith: usually Chinese companies deliberately register the trademark(s) of a foreign company in order to make a profit from its use… Continue reading Blue Sky Project: Strict Monitoring the Trademark Agencies

The Great Wall of Patents: Decoupling Strengthens China’s IP Regime

China’s 14th five-year plan sets clear signals: Beijing will continue to decouple itself from the Western world, especially from the USA, and become more autonomous in many areas. Imports and supplies from abroad will be reduced, the domestic market strengthened and its own companies protected and promoted – also abroad. The concept of dual circulation,… Continue reading The Great Wall of Patents: Decoupling Strengthens China’s IP Regime