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PCT applications can directly enter the Italian national phase

Jul 6, 2020 IP NEWS |
PCT applications designating or electing Italy filed as from July 1, 2020, can enter the national phase without the need to go through the European regional phase as previously required by the Italian Patent Law. The deadline for entering the...

Punitive damages in China’s new Civil Law

Jun 5, 2020 IP NEWS |
On 28 May, the Civil Law of the People's Republic of China was officially adopted, and it will come into force on January 1, 2021. This is a milestone in the history of civil legislation in China. There are seven parts and 1260 articles in the Civil...

Online trademark filing available for applications with non-standard specification

May 21, 2020 IP NEWS |
On May 20, 2020, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced that it now accepts online filing of trademark applications with non-standard specification. China, a member to the Nice Agreement, applies a subclass system...

CNIPA Issued Notification on the Relief of Missing a Trademark Related Deadline due to the Outbreak of COVID-19

Apr 1, 2020 IP NEWS |
In view of the challenges faced by the outbreak of COVID-19, China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued Announcement No. 350 on January 28, 2020, allowing the party to claim for continued protection when the obstacle to the...

China achieved stable improvement in intellectual property in 2019

Feb 3, 2020 IP NEWS |
On January 14, 2020, China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the 2019 statistics on patent, trademark, GI (Geographical indication) and IC layout design in Beijing. Patents In 2019, 1.401 million patent applications for...

The IP Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) issued the judgment of "infringement dispute case involving multi-agent implementation method patent in the field of network communication"

Dec 17, 2019 IP NEWS |
On December 10, 2019, the IP Tribunal of the SPC announced the judgement of the appeal case filed by Tenda Co., Ltd. regarding the dispute of infringement of invention patent right. In this case, the SPC established the following principle for the...

Guidelines for Patent Examination amended: divisional, GUI, subject matter, delayed examination and so on

Nov 8, 2019 IP NEWS |
The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced the latest amendments to the Guidelines for Patent Examination which became effective from on November 1, 2019. The amendments respond to the request of innovative businesses...

CNIPA Issued Regulations on Collective Patent Examination

Nov 7, 2019 IP NEWS |
The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently issued the Administrative Regulations of Collective Patent Examination (pilot scheme), which aims at improving the examination efficiency and quality of important patent...

Foreign parties maintain a great success rate at Beijing IP Court

Oct 29, 2019 IP NEWS |
On October 16, 2019, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court released a Summary of their adjudicated IP cases involving foreigners. The Summary reveals that foreign entities and individuals play a growing and substantial role among those cases...

China: an ideal hub for your IP assets

Jun 28, 2019 IP NEWS |
During 41 years’ of reform and opening-up, China has been striving to inspire innovation from within and building up its IP system. Number of IPRs has been constantly setting record-highs while IPR protection has been constantly strengthened. In the...