Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances Comes into Force in China Today, April 28, 2020

Posted on Categories Copyright, New Law, Rule or Implementing Regulation

The first international intellectual property treaty concluded in China and named after one of China’s cities since the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the “Beijing Treaty on Audiovisual Performances” (“Beijing Treaty”) came into effect today, April 28, 2020.  Per the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), “the Treaty is designed to help audiovisual performers – television and film actors, musicians, dancers, and others – many of whom live from job to job in precarious economic circumstances. The Treaty expands …

Patent Strategies For Expedited Chinese Approval Of Medical Devices

Posted on Categories New Law, Rule or Implementing Regulation, Patents

The National Medical Products Administration of China issued special review procedures for innovative medical devices in November 2018, effective December 1, 2018. The procedures enable expedited regulatory approval of innovative medical devices when the applicant owns or licenses Chinese invention patent applications directed to the medical devices seeking approval. Requests for participation in the special review program will be issued within 60 working days and have an opposition period of 10 working days. Once requests are approved, applicants can request …

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 …