Newly Amended China Patent Examination Guidelines Effective February 1, 2020

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (“CNIPA”) formally announced on December 31, 2019 the newly amended Patent Examination Guidelines (“the Guidelines”) will come into effect on February 1, 2020.  The Guidelines were amended to clarify eligible subject matter in patent applications involving artificial intelligence and other new industries. 

HTC Wins 6.5 Million RMB and Injunction against Chinese Patent Infringers

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Hongda International Electronics Co., Ltd. (aka HTC) recently received a favorable court verdict against Zhuhai Meizu Technology Co., Ltd. and Shenzhen Jinli (Gionee) Communication Equipment Co., Ltd. for patent infringement of CN103811863B.  The Beijing Court of Intellectual Property awarded HTC 6.5 million RMB (about $940,000) and an injunction based on sales of the Meilan Note5 mobile phone and the M6 mobile phone.  The patent claims a mobile phone with metal casing and antenna design that overcomes attenuation caused by the …

China Makes Significant Commitments to Improve Intellectual Property Protection in Phase 1 Trade Deal

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In the Economic and Trade Agreement Between the United States of America and the People’s Republic of China, Phase 1, dated January 15, 2020 China has made several major commitments to improve Intellectual Property protection.  Chapter 1, which comprises 16 pages of the 94-page document, specifies improvements in trade secret protection; strengthening pharmaceutical-related Intellectual Property; granting patent term adjustments and extensions; preventing piracy and counterfeiting on e-commerce platforms; increasing transparency in geographical indications protection; preventing manufacture and export of counterfeit …

Chinese Patent Filings Drop 9% in 2019

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In a press conference on January 14, 2020, the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)released 2019 annual statistics indicating a drop of 9.1% in invention patent application filings from 2018.  Nonetheless, Chinese invention applications filed in 2019 totaled a staggering 1.401 million. This compares to 616,852 U.S. utility patent application filings  in fiscal year 2019, a 3% increase over fiscal year 2018. Press conference photo from CNIPA.