Trademark Applicant & Chinese IP Agency Fined for Malicious Registration of Coronavirus Related Trademarks

Posted on Categories Trademarks

On March 26, 2020, the Shaoxing Market Supervision Bureau of Zhejiang Province fined a Chinese intellectual property firm, a trademark applicant and a trademark agent responsible for attempting to register a trademark for “Li Wenliang” (李文亮), a famous doctor that later succumbed to COVID-19 after earlier attempts to warn others of a possible new outbreak.   Specifically, the Bureau fined applicant Yang Mofang, the agency Shaoxing Intellectual Property Agency Co., Ltd. and the trademark agent Chen Mougang 2,000 RMB, 20,000 RMB …

China National Intellectual Property Administration Confirms Coronavirus Missed Deadline Policies Apply to non-Chinese Applicants

Posted on Categories Design Patent, New Law, Rule or Implementing Regulation, Patents, Trademarks

On March 27, 2020, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) confirmed that earlier-announced policies for missed deadlines also apply to foreign entities.  Per Announcement 350, patentees and applicants can restore their patent rights without payment of a restoration right request fee if lost rights were due to the coronavirus.

China’s State Administration of Market Regulation Releases 2020 Legislative Plan

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The State Administration of Market Regulation (市场监管总局, SAMR) released the 2020 Legislative Plan, listing 55 legislative projects.  Of the 55 projects, several are related to intellectual property law.  The intellectual property related projects include: Antitrust Law of the People’s Republic of China; Implementation Rules of the Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China; Certain provisions prohibiting infringement of trade secrets; Measures for the Administration of Trademark Agencies; Geographical Indication Product Protection Regulations; Official Logo Protection Measures; Certain Provisions on …

China’s Copyright Office Releases 2019 Data

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The National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China released 2019 filing data showing an almost 21% increase in works registered for copyright year on year.  The total number of national copyright registrations in 2019 reached 4,186,549, compared with 3,457,338 in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 21.09%. This compares with a 9% drop in patent filings in 2019.