NavInfo Awarded 64.5 Million RMB in Chinese Copyright Infringement Lawsuit Against Baidu

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According to a regulatory filing on November 20, 2020 on Juchao Information Network, the statutory information disclosure platform of the Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court awarded NavInfo Co., Ltd. (北京四维图新科技股份有限公司) 64.5 million RMB (~$9.8 million USD) in a copyright infringement lawsuit involving maps used by the defendants Beijing Baidu Netcom Technology Co., Ltd., Baidu Online Network Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd., and Baidu Cloud Computing Technology (Beijing) Co., Ltd.

China and U.S. Rank Even in Wireless Communication Patent Applications Worldwide Through October 2020

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According to a study released November 19, 2020 by Incopat, China and the U.S. are running even on worldwide wireless communication patent application publications from January to October 2020.  Specifically, in the field of H04W (wireless communication networks), which includes 5G, China and the U.S. both have 32% of the worldwide published patent applications. Japan comes in third with 15%. The top Chinese filer was Huawei with 8,607 published patent applications and the top U.S. filer was Qualcomm with 5,807 …

China’s Second Draft of Amended Criminal Law Retains Trade Secret Provision Targeting Foreigners

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On October 21, 2020, China’s National People’s Congress released a second draft of the amended criminal law.  Perhaps because of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) increased enforcement of the Economic Espionage Act (EEA) targeting China as a beneficiary, the Chinese draft retains a provision for foreign-related trade secret theft from the first draft. Specifically, Article 219 will have a new paragraph, “For stealing, spying, buying, or illegally providing trade secrets to foreign institutions, organizations, or personnel, it shall be punished …

Chinese Patent Filings Down 14% in October 2020

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According to statistics released November 17, 2020, October 2020 Chinese invention patent applications filing dropped 14.5% versus September 2020.  Similarly, utility model patent applications filings dropped almost 15%.  While a drop was expected due to the Mid-Autumn Festival and National Day holidays, the drop was much steeper than last year’s drop of 6.3% and 5.8% respectively.  The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) did not provide a reason for the drop. Cumulative filings though are significantly higher than last year, …