Jiangsu Punishes Chinese Patent Agency for Patent Subject Matter Conflict

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In a decision dated July 9, 2020, the Intellectual Property Office of Jiangsu Province, China, punished a patent agency, Zhishi Law Firm ( 南京知识律师事务所), for a patent subject matter conflict with a public warning.  A subject matter conflict can be defined as the simultaneous representation of clients competing for patents in the same technology area for the same or similar inventions.

Latest Decision by Supreme People’s Court Of China Confirms Validity of “Little i Robot” Patent in Blow to Apple

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On June 29, 2020, the Supreme People’s Court of China made a final decision in favor of the “Little i Robot” patent (Patent No. ZL200410053749.9) owned by Shanghai Xiaoi Robot Technology Ltd. (上海智臻智能网络科技公司) (“Xiaoi”).  The Supreme People’s Court reversed the invalidity decision of the Beijing High Court, and maintained the validity decision of the Beijing First Intermediate Court.  Apple Computer Trading Shanghai Ltd. (“Apple”) had been challenging the validity of the patent in response to a lawsuit filed by Xiaoi …

China’s Supreme People’s Court Rules Customer Lists are not Trade Secrets

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In decision  (2019)最高法民再268号 dated December 16, 2019 and just recently published,  the Supreme People’s Court of China (SPC) held that customer lists are not trade secrets even with signed confidentiality agreements. One of the defendants, former employees of the plaintiff, Huayang Xinxing Technology (Tianjin) Group Co., Ltd. , left Huayang to start Mai Da Keer (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd. after almost 20 years at Huayang. With their departure, the defendants took a customer list containing 43 customers’ data including the …

The China National Intellectual Property Administration Announces Top 10 Patent Invalidation Cases of 2019

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has announced the top 10 patent invalidation and reexamination cases of 2019.  Technologies include pharmaceuticals, light emitting diodes (LEDs), software and other technologies. While none of the petitioners were foreign, several of the patentees were foreign and their patents all survived invalidation.