Beijing Patent Attorney Association Research Shows Chinese Patent Drafting is 1/4 the Price of U.S. Patent Drafting

Posted on Categories Design Patent, Patents, Utility Model

On September 23, 2021, the Beijing Patent Attorney Association  released a summary of fees charges for drafting various patent applications for the city of Beijing. Coincidentally, the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) has just also just released their 2021 Economic Survey, which makes for an interesting comparison.  So, while fees have mainly remained flat in the U.S., fees in Beijing have increased significantly but are still about 1/4 of U.S. fees despite Beijing housing being twice as expensive as …

Shanghai Intellectual Property Court Announces its First GUI Design Patent Infringement Judgment

Posted on Categories Case, Design Patent

On June 21, 2021, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court  rendered the first-instance judgment on the Court’s first case of design patent infringement involving a graphical user interface (GUI), holding that the interface of the defendant Shanghai Zecao Co., Ltd.’s allegedly infringing Xiaobao APP for recruiting employees and the Xiaobao social media account  was significantly different from the overall visual effect of the patent in question of the plaintiff, Dajiaying Company, and therefore dismissed all claims of the plaintiff.   China began …

China Utility Model Patent Application Filings Up 29% in 2020; Foreign-Originated Chinese Invention Patent Application Filings Down 3%

Posted on Categories Design Patent, Patents, Trademarks, Utility Model

In the newly released China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) 2020 Annual Report (国家知识产权局2020年度报告)  the number of invention patent applications filed in China in 2020 was 1.497 million, a year-on-year increase of 6.9%. Among them, there were 1.345 million domestic invention patent applications filed, accounting for 89.8% of the total, a year-on-year increase of 8.1%; there were 152,000 foreign invention patent applications filed in China, accounting for 10.2% of the total, a year-on-year decrease of 3.0%.  Note China had ceased …

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Releases Top Ten Cases of Patent Reexamination for 2020

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On April 26, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the Top Ten Cases of Patent Reexamination for 2020 (2020年度专利复审无效十大案件发布). The cases cover a variety of technologies including pharmaceuticals, wireless communications, business methods, and more.  Multiple foreign companies’ patents were challenged including Bayer, Sharp, and others.  Brief summaries with links to the patents and decisions follow.