The Federal Circuit Bar has just posted the formal announcement of its Bench and Bar program with the China Law Society, which will be hosted at Renmin University May 28-30, with the the support of the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Supreme People’s Court of China, the US Patent and Trademark Office and the State Intellectual Property Office, amongst others. Continue reading
After a bilateral meeting between China State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and Russia Federal Intellectual Property Office (FIPO), China and Russia concluded a Memorandum of Understanding on Patent Prosecution Highway between the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China and the Russian Federal Intellectual Property Office. [detail information in Chinese]
The Russian office has now become the fifth national IP office to conclude a patent prosecution highway with China SIPO (the others are Japan, the USA, Germany and Korea). According to the Memorandum of Understanding, the pilot project will begin on July. 1st 2012, and will last for 1 year. The rapid growth in PPH’s, including this intra-BRIC PPH, is startling considering prior Chinese concerns that PPH’s and other methods of burden sharing might adversely implicate China’s “patent sovereignty.”
Please note a few upcoming events, listed mostly in chronological order:
On February 28, 2012, Paul Jones and Xu Jing will be speaking in the Strafford live phone/web seminar entitled “IP Litigation in China“. The panel will address challenges for IP protection in the Chinese court system.
On March 15, 2012, AmCham China, the United States Information Technology Office (USITO), Fordham University School of Law and the European Chamber of Commerce will host a conference on Innovation and Intellectual Property Rights. The Conference will take place in Beijing. Second Circuit Judge Denny Chin, who is returning to China for the first time since he left as a child, will open the event as the keynote speaker, along with the Deputy Chief of Mission of the US Embassy, Robert Wang. Chief Judge Kong Xiangjun of the IPR Tribunal of the Supreme People’s Court is expected to moderate for Judge Chin. A panel discussion of leading experts, including current and former government officials, academics and corporate IPR leaders will follow. More information here. Continue reading
Following our year end review of individuals’ transitions in China’s growing IP field, here is a Q&A with Tom Duke, a new IP officer at the UK Mission:
Why did the UK decided to send you to Beijing? Is it part of a broader plan?
My role in Beijing is the first part of a planned international IP attaché network for the UK IPO. As it’s a new post, one of the priorities is to establish the most effective way that I can deliver added value to the networks already on the ground in China (for example in UK Trade & Investment, the FCO and UK/EU projects and industry associations). From reading a couple of your articles about your time in the US embassy, I know you have spoken about providing colleagues with the right tools – based on accurate information of the Chinese IP landscape – and amplifying messages that can benefit all stakeholders. Continue reading
According to a Joint Statement issued by SIPO and DPMA, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) experimental zone was set up on Jan. 23, 2012. This program, unlike the PPH between SIPO and USPTO (United States Patent and Trademark Office), only includes general PPH, but not the Patent Cooperation Treaty PPH. Under this initiative, applicants can file their PPH applications to either SIPO or DPMA.
Applicants who want to file the PPH application to SIPO can visit here for further information (Chinese).
Applicants who want to file the PPH application to DPMA can find further information here (English).
This program will continue for two years and will be due on Jan.22, 2014.
Additionally, SIPO set up the PPH experimental zone with the USPTO on Dec. 1, 2011, which will only continue for one year.