China’s Patent Filings Flat in July 2020 After Earlier Upsurge

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently released intellectual property filing data for July 2020 showing a stabilization in patent filings after the recent upsurge.  Invention patent application filings were flat compared to June 2020 at 134,188 filings while utility model applications were down slightly at 268,928 versus 276,598 filings in June 2020.  However, both numbers are significantly higher than July 2019 by 13.5% for invention patent application filings and 28% for utility model application filings.

China: Top International Patent Filer – Reasons and Implications – Webinar Recording Available

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In 2019, China was the top user of the Patent Cooperation Treaty, China’s domestic invention patents filings were more than double the US’ domestic filings, and China’s US patent application filings continue to increase rapidly year-on-year.  Find out why and the potential implications for U.S. companies in this presentation by Aaron Wininger of Schwegman, Annie Wang of Tencent America, and Larry Lian of the USPTO. We’ll also discuss how COVID-19 has affected this trajectory in 2020. The recording is available …

Beijing Intellectual Property Court Rules for Château Lafite Rothschild Winery Against Real Estate Developer in Trademark Dispute

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The Beijing Intellectual Property Court announced a victory for Château Lafite Rothschild against Huailai Lishihongya Company (怀来利世鸿亚公司) and two other unnamed defendants, awarding Rothschild 5 million RMB (~$720 thousand USD) for trademark infringement on August 7, 2020.  Lishihongya was developing a real estate complex and used the trademark “CHATEAU LAFITE” 拉斐 (La Fei – the Chinese name of Lafite) on the gates of the complex and support facilities, as well as in marketing material. Rothschild has sold wine in the …

China’s National People’s Congress to Start Second Deliberation on Amended Copyright Law

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

In follow up to the public comment period on the draft amendment to the Copyright law,the draft amendment  was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress for the second deliberation on August 8, 2020. Per Xinhau, ” the second deliberation of the draft improved the definition and type of works, deleted the provisions regarding affecting the normal dissemination of works, and added relevant regulations to protect the copyright of audiovisual works.”