China’s First COVID-19 Virus Vaccine Patent Granted to CanSino Bio

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) granted on September 11, 2020 what may be the first patent covering a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.  The patent published under number CN111218459B. The Institute of Military Medicine, Chinese Academy of Military Sciences in conjunction with CanSinoBIO, a Chinese vaccine maker, filed application CN202010193587.8 on March 18, 2020 and is entitled “A new recombinant coronavirus vaccine using human replication-deficient adenovirus as a vector.”  The patent is based on research earlier published in the Lancet …

China’s Patent Filings Remain Flat in August 2020

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently released intellectual property filing data for August 2020 showing a continued stabilization in patent filings after the recent upsurge.  Invention patent application filings were flat compared to July 2020 at 134,532 filings while utility model applications were up slightly at 285,720 versus 269,928 filings in July 2020.  However, both numbers are significantly higher than August 2019 by 20.7% for invention patent application filings and 46.5% for utility model application filings.

Huawei Remains Top Corporate Patentee in China in H1 2020

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In a study released by IPR Daily and incoPat Innovation Index Research Center, Huawei remains the top Chinese corporate patentee in China for the first half of 2020. The number of Chinese patent grants (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) in the first half of 2020 at the China National Intellectual Property Administration totaled 217,222, and Chinese applicants accounted for 81% of these patents. In the first half of 2020, there were 11 Chinese companies with more than 1,000 patents. …

China to Allow Foreigners to Take Chinese Patent Bar Exam

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On August 12, 2020, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MofCom)  released the “Overall Plan for Comprehensive Deepening of the Service Trade Pilot Program” (全面深化服务贸易创新发展试点总体方案). For the first time, foreigners will be allowed to take the Chinese patent bar exam and, if passed, receive a patent agent qualification certificate.  With the certificate, foreigners can work at Chinese patent agencies as well as become partners/shareholders in Chinese patent agencies.