China’s Supreme People’s Court Rules Unintentional Short Payment of Annuity Fee Causes Termination of Patent Rights

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In case no(2021)最高法知行终322号 recently highlighted by China’s Supreme People’s Court on November 2, 2021, the Court ruled that an unintentional short payment of a patent annuity caused termination of the patent.  A patentee received a “Patent Termination Notice” issued by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and sued CNIPA at the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, claiming that it had paid the annuity of 600 RMB, and the CNIPA nonetheless terminated its patent right. However, the 600 RMB was insufficient …

China Sentences Shoe Polish Counterfeiters to Up To 3 Years in Prison in Criminal Trademark Case

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According to an announcement from the Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court on October 28, 2021, Judges Wu Zhiyong, head of the Intellectual Property Tribunal of Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court and Judges Ni Hongxia and Wang Xiao conducted a public trial resulting in the sentencing of defendant Ding and four others to imprisonment ranging from one year seven month to three years for the crime of counterfeiting registered trademarks for KIWI shoe polish. The Court also fined the …

Chinese Patent Office Closure Dates – 2022

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China’s State Council has released the official holiday schedule for 2022.  The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will be closed on official holidays but open on the weekend workdays indicated below. Patent deadlines are postponed to the next following non-weekend workday. 1. New Year’s Day: January 1st to 3rd, 2022 – CNIPA will be closed for a total of 3 days. 2. Spring Festival (Chinese New Year): January 31st to February 6th, the holiday is extended for a total …

China Releases 14th Five-Year Plan Notice on Intellectual Property – China to More than Double Number of Foreign Patents by 2025

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Update: Per Toby Mak, the new measure of satisfaction with first instance civil IP judgements may alternatively be understood as compliance with first instance civil IP judgements instead of percentage of cases not appealed. On October 28, 2021, China’s State Council Released the 14th Five-Year Plan Notice of the National Intellectual Property Protection and Utilization Plan (“十四五”国家知识产权保护和运用规划).  The IP Plan lists main goals to be accomplished by 2025 with numerical indicators for some of the goals including increasing almost doubling …