China and EU Sign Agreement to Protect Each Other’s Geographic Indications

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On September 14, 2020, the European Union (EU) and China signed a bilateral agreement  to protect 100 European Geographical Indications (GIs) in China and 100 Chinese GIs in the European Union against usurpation and imitation.  A GI is a distinctive sign used on products that have a specific geographic origin and possess qualities or a reputation that are due to that origin.  Following the signature of the agreement and the European Parliament consent, it will officially be adopted by the …

China’s Supreme People’s Court Releases Opinions on Increasing Sanctions for Intellectual Property Infringement

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The Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China released the “Opinions on Increasing the Punishment of Intellectual Property Infringement Acts According to Law” (关于依法加大知识产权侵权行为惩治力度的意见)  on September 15, 2020. The opinions confirm the primacy of injunctions and potentially increases the amount of monetary damages typically awarded.  The opinions also cover strengthening evidence preservation and increasing criminal enforcement of the intellectual property laws.  Notably, the opinions amend Article 20 (now Article 15) from the draft opinions by removing a foreigner-targeted clause, …

China’s First COVID-19 Virus Vaccine Patent Granted to CanSino Bio

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) granted on September 11, 2020 what may be the first patent covering a vaccine for the COVID-19 virus.  The patent published under number CN111218459B. 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 is based on research earlier published in the Lancet …

China’s Patent Filings Remain Flat in August 2020

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The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently released intellectual property filing data for August 2020 showing a continued stabilization in patent filings after the recent upsurge.  Invention patent application filings were flat compared to July 2020 at 134,532 filings while utility model applications were up slightly at 285,720 versus 269,928 filings in July 2020.  However, both numbers are significantly higher than August 2019 by 20.7% for invention patent application filings and 46.5% for utility model application filings.