Traveling the IP Road: What Are the Top China IP Destinations and Curiosities? (Part I)

Every year, around “ IP Week”  (April 26) Chinese officials and organizations of various kinds publish their “top 10” list, typically of best cases, most important developments, or leading officials.   Since it’s near the end of summer in the northern hemisphere, with Europe and North America just returning from vacation – it seems like a perfect formula for another top 10 list of most significant, unusual or historical destinations related to China IP and its history .  This is a personal list – I welcome hearing back from readers about what their top ten might be. Continue reading

A Quick Read of the AML IPR Enforcement Guidelines (Fifth Draft)

As China becomes more of a stakeholder in the IP system, and no longer sees itself as a passive player, how will its perspective on the relationship between intellectual property and antitrust change?

The recently announced fifth draft of SAIC’s “Guidelines on Antimonopoly Law Enforcement in the Field of Intellectual Property Rights” gives some additional perspective on this.  After an initial read, my response is cautiously positive.

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Position Opening: Attorney-Advisor Position in Beijing Working for USPTO

A U.S. government position as Attorney-Advisor (Intellectual Property Rights) in Beijing, China opened on 08/17/2012  and will close on 09/04/2012.

The job can be viewed on http://www.usajobs.gov/  job announcement number:  ITA-FSHR-2012-0030

 The announcement can also be viewed by clicking this link: http://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/324208200 Continue reading

Fifth Draft of IP Abuse Guideline Rules of SAIC Completed: How Soon Can the Public Review and Comment?

According to a press release of the National IP Strategy office of today (Aug. 15, 2012), the fifth draft of the IP Abuse Guidelines of SAIC has now been completed, with significant changes from the prior drafts. This Chinese language article notes that due to an absence of cases in this area in China to date, there has been insufficient understanding of IP abuse and it may not be ripe to release these guidelines.  However, this year’s meeting of the Experts Organization of the State Council Antimonopoly Committee viewed the guidelines as necessary. Continue reading

P&G IP Position in Beijing

This is from Don Clarke’s Chinalaw listserve.

P&G is seeking an IP lawyer in its Beijing office. There is no citizenship requirement, however the following are required: . 1. Science or engineering bachelor degree. 2. Patent bar certification in China or any other country
3. Optional – PRC lawyer qualification, US state bar certification, or like qualification. Continue reading

Patent Law Revisions Up for Public Comment

SIPO has just made its proposed draft of revisions to the patent law (fourth amendment?) available on line.  With these sets of amendments, China is now in various stages of revising all major IP statutes:  the Copyright Law is with NCA in its second draft, the Trademark Law is with the State Council Legislative Affairs Office (SCLAO), and the Antiunfair Competition Law is also in some stage of review by either SAIC or the SCLAO.  Continue reading