Napa Valley is the first wine region outside of China to be recognized with the Geographic Indication status from the State Administration for Quality Supervision Inspection and Quarantine. For NV, this provides a pivotal element in consumer protection against wines illegitimately labeled as being from Napa Valley in the Chinese market. Chen Xuemin at the Zhongzi law firm was local counsel. (http://www.zhongzi.com.cn/english/LawyerShow.asp?Aid=472). AQSIQ recognition is one of two procedures available for protection of geogrpahical indications in China, the other being through recognition as a certification or collective mark through the Chinese trademark office. Kudos to the Napa Valley Vintners for its diligence over the years. For more information, see the press release here.
In an email sent to colleagues today at USPTO (November 26), Director Kappos announced that he will be leaving USPTO at the end of January. He wrote:
“It has been an immense privilege to lead the USPTO, our nation’s innovation agency, over the last three and a half years-and it is with deep gratitude for your dedication and hard work that I write to inform you that I will be leaving the Agency around the end of January 2013.”
Director Kappos has brought extraordinarty depth and intelligence to the USPTO, as well as deep experience in Asia where he worked for two years. He will be missed.
China’s rapidly growing economy and equally rapidly evolving IP regime shows how different concepts of “time” can be from the United States. Continue reading
Here is a remarkable exchange of letters, the first from USPTO Director Kappos from September 7, 2012 and the second a reply from SIPO Commissioner Tian Lipu to David Kappos regarding China’s patent law amendments. The page also has the USPTO comments on China patent law amendments: http://www.uspto.gov/ip/ip_overseas/china_team/. Continue reading
The Research Center for Chinese Politics & Business at the University of Indiana has just published two new papers, available for download free of charge at http://www.indiana.edu/~rccpb/. One is by standards and IPR “veteran” An Baisheng, the other by economist political scientists Bruce Reynolds and Susan Shirk. Continue reading