Newly Amended China Patent Examination Guidelines Effective February 1, 2020

Posted on Categories New Law, Rule or Implementing Regulation, Patents

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. 

China National Intellectual Property Administration to Close for Additional Days Due to Coronavirus

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The General Office of the State Council announced that the Chinese New Year Holiday will be officially extended through and including February 2, 2020. Accordingly, the China National Intellectual Property Administration will remain closed through February 2 and reopen on February 3.  Therefore, all patent and trademark deadlines falling on January 31 and February 1, 2020 will be extended to February 3, 2020. The General Office of the State Council explained that extended holiday was “to strengthen the prevention and …

HTC Wins 6.5 Million RMB and Injunction against Chinese Patent Infringers

Posted on Categories Case, Patents

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 …

CNIPA Announces Registration of Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics Mascots and Logos

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced seven Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics symbols including mascots and names on January 15, 2020.  Per the Regulations on the Protection of the Olympic Symbols, the term of protection is 10 years subject to renewal terms of 10 years each.  Fines for unlicensed commercial of the symbols are up to 250,000 RMB (about $36,000 USD) or up to 5 times illegal revenue.