China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Releases Patent Agency Industry Status Report (2020): Chinese Patent Attorneys File 222 Patent Applications Per Year on Average

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On August 27, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released a report entitled Development Status of the Patent Agency Industry (2020) (专利代理行业发展状况(2020年)). According to the report, as of the end of 2020, the number of Chinese patent practitioners has reached 53,090, among which 23,193 are practicing patent attorneys, and there are 3,253 patent agencies (excluding Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan).  In contrast, the U.S. has 47,228 registered patent practitioners despite having approximately a quarter of the population of …

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Punishes 71 Firms & Professionals for Unlicensed Practice of Patent Law

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On August 23, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced the administrative punishment of 71 Chinese patent firms and individuals for the unlicensed practice of patent law.  Total fines exceeded 5 million RMB and usually included confiscation of illegal income as well as a fine that was a multiple of the illegal income.  The punished firms and individuals were in Shanghai, Liaoning, Jiangsu, Anhui, Shandong, Hunan, Guangdong, Sichuan, and Ningxia. While the sanctioned firms seemed to cater to …

Suspended Prison Sentence in Shanghai for Criminal Trademark Infringement For Repackaging of Authentic Ferrero Rocher Chocolates

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On August 19, 2021, the Shanghai Third Intermediate Court released a ruling on Weibo holding that the repackaging of authentic Ferrero Rocher chocolates that included printing of Ferrero Rocher labels without authorization is criminal trademark infringement.  The defendant Liu procured high-count boxes of chocolates with low unit prices (e.g., 96 count) and repackaged the chocolates into smaller count boxes having higher unit prices (e.g., 8 count). While the chocolates themselves were authentic, Liu hired others to manufacture Ferrero Rocher packaging …

District in Guangzhou, China Proposes 2.5 Million RMB Housing Subsidy to Attract Intellectual Property Professionals

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On August 17, 2021, the People’s Government of Huangpu District, Guangzhou, China issued an announcement on soliciting opinions on the “Administrative Measures for Intellectual Property Special Funds in Guangzhou High-tech Zone, Guangzhou Development Zone, Huangpu District, Guangzhou (Draft for Solicitation of Comments)” (广州市黄埔区 广州开发区 广州高新区知识产权专项资金管理办法(征求意见稿)).  The draft Measures offer a 2.5 Million RMB (~$384 thousand USD) housing subsidy to 100 intellectual property professionals that relocate to the Huangpu District in Guangzhou, China.