The China National Intellectual Property Administration Announces Top 10 Patent Invalidation Cases of 2019

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has announced the top 10 patent invalidation and reexamination cases of 2019.  Technologies include pharmaceuticals, light emitting diodes (LEDs), software and other technologies. While none of the petitioners were foreign, several of the patentees were foreign and their patents all survived invalidation.

Chinese Patent Application for Coronavirus Vaccine Published

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration published on June 2, 2020 what may be the first patent application covering a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.  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 application is based on research later published in the Lancet showing their Ad5 …

China’s New Civil Code Includes Punitive Damages in Intentional Intellectual Property Infringement

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The Third Session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) voted and passed the “Civil Code of the People’s Republic of China” on May 28, 2020. This law will come into effect on January 1, 2021.  While referred to by the Chinese press as the Encyclopedia of Social Life, the new Civil Law includes many provisions related to intellectual property (IP).  At first read, the most striking IP provision is for punitive damages for intentional infringement, which will be potentially …

Who Are the Top Grantees of Chinese Invention Patents in 2019?

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According to an annual report by Incopat, Huawei had the most Chinese invention patents granted in 2019 with 4525 patents.  Huawei also had a significant number of US utility patents granted – 2,418 patents putting Huawei in the #10 spot for U.S. patents in 2019 per a study by  IFI Claims Patent Services. The top foreign corporate patent grantee in China for 2019 was Samsung Electronics with 1966 patents in the #7 spot.  Samsung is #2 in the U.S. in …