China Issues Ruling in First 5G Criminal Intellectual Property Law Case

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The People’s Court of Nanshan District of Shenzhen recently issued a ruling believed to be the first 5G criminal intellectual property law case in China.   5G is the fifth generation technology standard for cellular networks, which cellular phone companies began deploying worldwide in 2019, the planned successor to the 4G networks which provide connectivity to most current cellphones.  The Court held defendants Huang Mouyu and Wang Mou guilty of trade secret theft and sentenced them to three years in jail and a 150,000 RMB fine.  The …

China’s Upsurge in Patent Filings Continue Post-Coronavirus Lockdown

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration released their statistics for January through April 2020 on May 20, 2020 showing a continued post-virus boom in patent filings versus 2019 after a drop at the February coronavirus peak in China.  There was an almost 8% increase in invention patent filings in April 2020 versus April 2019 with 106,270 invention patent applications filed this April 2020 versus 98,529 last April 2019. Cumulative 2020 invention patent filings are almost even with 2019 with 434,682 …

China Releases the “Plan for Further Implementation of the National Intellectual Property Strategy to Accelerate the Construction of an Intellectual Property Power Country by 2020”

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On May 15, 2020, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) published the “Plan for Further Implementation of the National Intellectual Property Strategy to Accelerate the Construction of an Intellectual Property Power Country by 2020.”  The plan lists 100 points to accomplish the goal of becoming an “IP Power Country.”  Some of the highlights include eliminating subsidies or rewards for utility model, design and trademark applications; reduce examination time for trademark and patent applications; reduce “abnormal” patent application filings and …

China Launches “Iron Fist” Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Plan for 2020

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China’s State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) recently released its Intellectual Property Law Enforcement Action Plan for 2020 code-named “Iron Fist.”  The key tasks of the plan include strengthening law enforcement for key commodities (e.g., anti-epidemic protective gear); strengthen law enforcement in physical marketplaces; strengthening enforcement in e-commerce; and strengthening law enforcement in the intellectual property application process (e.g., trademark application process). The plan also includes regional cooperation and information sharing with statistics collection.