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The China Trademark Office Approved the Registration of the First Sound Trademark Filed by a Foreign Applicant

Nov 10, 2016 IP NEWS |
On August 21 st , 2016, the China Trademark Office approved the use of sound trademark “SOFY” on commodities such as sanitary napkins by Unicharm, Co., Ltd, being the first sound trademark registered by a foreign applicant in China. Located in Ehime...

2016 ID5 Joint Statement

Nov 4, 2016 IP NEWS |
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the United States Patent and...

Opinions of the State Council on Accelerating the Establishment of a Strong IPR Country under the New Situation - Division of Tasks

Aug 2, 2016 IP NEWS |
On July 18, 2016, the State Council issued the action plan, Opinions of the State Council on Accelerating the Establishment of a Strong IPR Country under the New Situation - Division of Tasks. The action plan aims at breaking down and refining the...

Common Initiatives for Strengthening Cooperation between Countries along the “Belt and Road” in the Field of Intellectual Property

Jul 27, 2016 IP NEWS |
During the High-Level Conference on Intellectual Property for Countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (“Belt and Road” Initiative, BRI) in Beijing, China from 21 to 22 July 2016, the Round Table on...

Innovation index report: China ranks the 18th place

Jul 15, 2016 IP NEWS |
China moved the 18th place from 17th among the 40 countries whose spending on R&D accounts for 97% of the total in the world, according to the 2015 report on national innovation index issued by Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for...

More Goods and Services Are Acceptable for Trademark Registration

Jul 15, 2016 IP NEWS |
On July 12, 2016, the China Trademark Office announced that in addition to the goods and services listed in the Classification Table of Similar Goods and Services for Registration of Trademarks, 2,000 more goods and services are acceptable...

Patent disputes mediation period shortens to two months

Jun 21, 2016 IP NEWS |
Recently, SIPO released a notice to strengthen handling the patent disputes mediation. Relevant department in charge of patent administration must conclude the patent disputes mediation within two months. The notice regulates that relevant...

New ICC report reveals the diversity of specialised jurisdictions

May 30, 2016 IP NEWS |
The International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) has published a groundbreaking report on the adjudication of intellectual property cases worldwide, providing a snapshot of the structures and practices of specialised intellectual property jurisdictions (...

SIPO Released Regulations to Promote Patent Law Enforcement

May 27, 2016 IP NEWS |
Recently, State Intellectual Property Office(SIPO) issued three regulations to promote China's patent law enforcement, which were Guide of Determining Patent Tort, Evident Rule on Patent Administrative Enforcement, and Guide on Patent Disputes...

The Supreme People’s Court Heard “Jordan” Case

May 13, 2016 IP NEWS |
Michael Jordan is the retired NBA superstar and is also well known in China. Qiaodan Sports Co. is a sportswear company in Jinjiang, Fujian province of China. Qiaodan Sports registered trademarks for “Qiaodan”- a Chinese transliteration of “Jordan...