China’s Supreme People’s Court Releases Draft Judicial Interpretation of Anti-Monopoly Civil Procedures for Comment

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On November 18, 2022, China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) released an announcement soliciting public opinion on on the Draft Judicial Interpretation of Anti-Monopoly Civil Procedures (关于反垄断民事诉讼司法解释稿向社会公开征求意见的公告).  The Draft includes an article on reverse payments for generic pharmaceuticals and so may be of interest to foreign pharmaceutical companies facing potential competition from generics on patented pharmaceuticals.  The SPC stated it is releasing this draft to “strengthen the anti-monopoly judiciary, to hear monopoly civil dispute cases in a fair and efficient manner …

Mirati Therapeutics Sues China’s InventisBio for 99 Million RMB in Trade Secret Theft Case

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Per a securities filing by InventisBio Co (益方生物科技(上海)股份有限公司) on November 16, 2022, Mirati Therapeutics sued InventisBio for 99 Million RMB (~$14 million USD) in a trade secret misappropriation case. Mirati requested an injunction, damages, and confirmation of ownership of certain patents and applications in a filing with the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court that was received by InventisBio on November 14, 2022. This case highlights the increased attention recently paid to trade secret misappropriation in China including a 60 million RMB …

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Releases New Draft of the Patent Examination Guidelines

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On October 31, 2022, China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released another draft of the Patent Examination Guidelines, which is somewhat analogous to the US Patent & Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Manual of Patent Examining Procedure (MPEP).  Some highlights include explaining how patent term adjustment and patent term extension will work; providing for partial designs; late priority claims; and deletes the 15-day mail delay for electronically-delivered documents.  Comments are due December 15, 2022, which may enable CNIPA to meet its target …

China to Release Revised Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law and the Guidelines for Patent Examination By End of December 2022

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On October 28, 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) published the “In-depth implementation of the ‘Opinions on Strengthening Intellectual Property Protection’ promotion plan” (深入实施《关于强化知识产权保护的意见》推进计划) that sets target dates for the release of various regulations and guidelines to clarify how China’s 2021 amendments to the patent law will be implemented. Specifically, CNIPA is targeting the revision of the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law and the Guidelines for Patent Examination by end of December 2022 “and continue to advance,” …