2016 was the year of Chinese patents. Overall, 233,000 applications were filed under WIPO’s Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) – which constitutes a 7.3 percent increase compared with the previous year. Chinese applicants are responsible for 98% of the overall growth in demand for international patent applications. Since 2002, China-based filers have recorded double-digit growth each year.… Continue reading International Patent Applications: The Growth Comes from China
Administrative Measures for Priority Examination of Patent Applications, issued by the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China, have come into effect on 1st August 2017. They aim at broadening the range of technologies that are considered eligible for priority examination, as well as opening up opportunities for applicants of utility models… Continue reading China’s fast-track for patents
For years, foreign brand owners have complained about the large numbers of fakes being offered on the Chinese online marketplaces Alibaba and Taobao. Indeed are those platforms full of counterfeit products and most brand owners think that Alibaba is not putting enough effort into combatting the surge of fakes on offer. Yet now Alibaba reacts… Continue reading Alibaba Sues Counterfeiters on its Platform
Foreign as well as Chinese companies often complain about the reluctance and softness of Chinese Courts when it comes to imposing fines based on misbehavior of the defendant. The Beijing IP Court now set a strong signal regarding this matter. In a recent patent infringement lawsuit before the Beijing IP Court, the defendant refused to… Continue reading Beijing IP Court Imposes Maximum Fine on Company for not Submitting Requested Evidence
To date, many foreign companies are hesitant in bringing IP disputes before the Chinese courts, expecting low damage compensations. Now, these companies should take notice of a recent development in China.
Even though there have been several improvements during the last years, it can sometimes be difficult or even impossible for a rights holder to obtain qualified evidence for an infringement. However, under Chinese law, rights holders can apply to preserve official evidence, which can provide a certain amount of relief. According to a decision in… Continue reading Patent infringements in China: Preservation of official evidence possible
On 12th May, 2016 the Union Cabinet of India approved the country’s first IPR Policy which lay the future roadmap for intellectual property in India. The visionary slogan is “Creative India, Innovative India”. In the past, many foreign companies had massive problems protecting intellectual property. India´s new policy aims to create and exploit synergies between all… Continue reading Innovative India?