Effective November 1, 2023, the IP Tribunal of China’s Supreme People’s Court will no longer hear appeals involving utility model patents, technical trade secrets and computer software unless the appeal is against a first-instance judgement issued by a high court. The IP Tribunal will retain its jurisdiction on (1) second-instance civil and administrative appeal cases involving ownership and infringement disputes on invention patents, new plant varieties, integrated circuit layout design, as well as (2) administrative appeal cases involving disputes derived …
On October 27, 2023, the Hangzhou Municipal Administration for Market Regulation issued the “Implementation Rules of Hangzhou Municipal Intellectual Property Special Fund Allocation Factors.” The Rules are effective immediately and provide funding for domestic and foreign IP litigation, IP financing, whistleblower rewards for reporting IP violations, monetary rewards for winning national and provincial patent medals, etc.
On October 24, 2023, the Shanghai Jinshan Primary People’s Court announced the sentencing of Wang XX to 4.5 years in prison and a 2 million RMB fine for the crime of counterfeiting registered trademarks for Anchor and Fonterra after a year on the run. A co-defendant Wang YY received a suspended sentence. Over several years they sold about 8 million RMB of butter and other dairy products bearing counterfeited trademarks.
Per recently released statistics from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), a total of 698,822 invention patents were granted, 1,596,992 utility models were granted, and 487,977 design patents were granted cumulatively through the the third quarter of 2023. Compared with the third quarter of 2022, this represents an almost 14% increase in invention patents granted versus an over 25% drop in utility model grants and an over 8% drop in design patent grants.