Position Vacancy: USPTO Attaché at US Consulate in Shanghai

A vacancy announcement for the Attorney-Adviser (Intellectual Property Rights) position at the US Consulate in Shanghai, China opened today (10/30/2013) and will close on 11/12/2013.  The job can be viewed on https://www.usajobs.gov  job announcement number:  ITA-FSHR-2014-0001.  The announcement can also be viewed by clicking this link:  https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/354252100. Continue reading

Huawei/InterDigital Appeal Affirms Shenzhen Lower Court on Standards Essential Patent

One of the hot on-going disputes on IP in China and the world is the relationship between standardization and intellectual property, particularly the role of standards essential patents (SEP’s) when a licensor has undertaken an obligation to license its patents on a fair, reasonable and non-discriminatory (FRAND) basis.  Chinese courts have played an important part in this debate.  The most recent skirmish in this area is the case between Huawei and InterDigital Corporation (IDC), which was the subject of a decision of the Shenzhen Intermediate Court and has just now been decided on appeal by the Guangdong High Court.  Continue reading

Design Patent Protection Becomes Available for GUI’s

After several years of discussion, China has decided to provide design patent protection for graphical user interfaces.  Proposed revisions to the patent examination guidelines of SIPO have been placed on the State Council website for public comments, which are due November 22.   SIPO and the State Council Legislative Affairs Office have simultaneously released this draft, which includes an explanation of the reasons for the changes and a redlined copy of the proposed changes to the examination guidelines. Continue reading