China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Sanctions 7 Patent Firms for Filing Over 20,000 Abnormal (Irregular) Patent Applications

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On March 14, 2023, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) sanctioned 7 Chinese patent firms for filing over 20,000 abnormal (i.e., junk) patent applications. Sanctions included suspensions in accepting new business for 6 or 12 months and 1 revocation of a patent license.  However, no fines were issued.  Further crackdowns are expected this year per the 2023 Administrative Protection Work Plan, which stated that CNIPA would “severely crack down on abnormal patent applications and malicious registration of trademarks. “

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co. (CATL) Scores Another Win Against CALB Group With 20 Million RMB Award in Ongoing EV Battery Patent Infringement Battle

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In a third patent infringement victory for Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) against CALB Group Co., Ltd. (中創新航科技集團股份有限公司), the Fuzhou Intermediate Court on February 21, 2023 awarded CATL an injunction, 20,100,000 RMB in damages and 202,693.12 RMB in reasonable costs for infringing Chinese patent CN108878892B (ZLZL201810696957.2). Prior patent infringement awards to CATL against CALB included 35.8 million RMB for Chinese patent CN110010851B (ZL201910295365.4) and 2.6 million RMB  for Chinese patent CN108258180B (ZL201810039458.6).

Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL) Scores 35.8 Million RMB Patent Infringement Victory Against CALB

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In a filing with the Hong Kong Stock Exchange dated February 21, 2023, CALB Group Col., Ltd. (中創新航科技集團股份有限公司) announced that the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court ruled against it in a patent infringement lawsuit for lithium-ion batteries. The Court awarded Contemporary Amperex Technology Co., Limited (CATL), the world’s largest EV battery producer, 35.8 million RMB in damages, 798 thousand RMB for provisional patent protection (from the time of the patent application publication), over 202 thousand RMB for reasonable expenses, and an …

China’s Supreme People’s Court: Patentee Entitled to Punitive Damages for Breach of Settlement Agreement

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In a decision highlighted by China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) on February 7, 2023, the SPC ruled that a plaintiff patentee was entitled to punitive damages when the defendant sold the infringing product after concluding a settlement agreement in an earlier case to stop infringing. Jin XX sued Baijia Hardware, Electrical, Labor Insurance and Building Materials Business Department  and Zhengzhou Baifa Trading Co., Ltd. for invention patent infringement of CN1131364 for a “Reverse Ground Planer.”  On appeal to the SPC, …