Dangerous Simplification

Referring to the article “Patentes Märchen” (“patent fairy tale”) in the WirtschaftsWoche magazine No. 42 of October 12, 2018: It is common knowledge that complex issues can only be understood through differentiated analysis. This especially applies to the international patent system. To the German industry, it is well-known that China subsidies Chinese patent applications and… Continue reading Dangerous Simplification

China and EU: First Steps in Harmonization of IP Protection

The new China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and the European Patent Office (EPO) set plans for their future cooperation in Munich on September 21, 2018. It was the first meeting of CNIPA and EPO since the Chinese trademark and patent administration merged into a single administration in August (link to the article). CNIPA is,… Continue reading China and EU: First Steps in Harmonization of IP Protection

Four Questions to an IP Expert – Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao, Senior Manager at CHINABRAND CONSULTING

In the recent edition of the University of Strasbourg’s interview series for the Master of IP Law and Management program, Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao discussed four current matters that occupy IP legal specialists and practitioners today. The topics discussed in the interview include: Chinese government’s claim to global technological leadership China’s patent strategy and its relevance… Continue reading Four Questions to an IP Expert – Dr. Xiaopeng Zhao, Senior Manager at CHINABRAND CONSULTING

Chinese Companies Turn the Tables

Not only do Chinese companies register property rights for their intellectual property on a massive scale, but also have their measures of enforcement become more aggressive. The majority of cases brought to Chinese IP courts do not involve, as one might assume, Western companies that defend their IP rights against Chinese forgers, but litigations between… Continue reading Chinese Companies Turn the Tables

International Patent Applications: The Growth Comes from China

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

China’s fast-track for patents

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

Product Fakes in Switzerland: Souvenirs Declining, Online Bargains on the Rise

In Switzerland, the number of counterfeit brand products imported by tourists as vacation souvenirs decreased by 40 percent in 2016, in comparison to 2015. Apparently, the Custom’s measures to inform tourists about the prohibited import of fake products are effective. Yet the growth of trade volumes with counterfeit products remains unbroken. The reason is the… Continue reading Product Fakes in Switzerland: Souvenirs Declining, Online Bargains on the Rise