China to Provide Financial Incentives For Filing Patent Applications Abroad

On April 14, 2012, China’s Ministry of Finance issued the new “Measures for the Administration of Special Funds for Subsidizing Foreign Patent Applications,” effective on the day of issuance to replace the prior “Interim Measures for the Administration of Special Funds for Subsidizing Foreign Patent Applications,” which were issued in 2009 by the Ministry of Finance. The regulation outlines policies for financial assistance for Chinese who file patent applications abroad.

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Who Is Commenting on the Copyright Law Revisions?

The National Copyright Administration released its draft of revisions to the Copyright Law on March 31, 2012, with comments due by April 30, 2012. Thus far, approximately two thousand comments have been received. The draft is not yet calendared for formal consideration by the State Council Legislative Affairs Office (SCLAO) for this year, or by the National People’s Congress. In addition, further consideration may be delayed because there are other IP laws, such as the Trademark Law and Anti-unfair Competition Law that are still pending with the SCLAO. However, Vice Commissioner Yan Xiaohong of NCA noted at the recent Federal Circuit Bar Association conference in Beijing that he expected submission to the State Council by the end of the year.

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