SPC Sets Up Team to Work on Civil Law Reform – IP Likely Continues in the Mix

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On May 12, the SPC set up a civil law codification team, chaired by Vice Presidents Xi Xiaoming, He Rong, Tao Kaiyuan, with Du Wanhua 杜万华 serving as Director of the Office.  Xi Xiaoming introduced the preliminary work of the SPC in this area.  He noted that the SPC intends to give full play to its experts in an advisory role to the NPC in the codification of civil code as called for in the Fourth Plenum, and in that light the Supreme Court established a consultant and Expert Committee for the codification of the civil code.

My comment: It is particularly gratifying to see former IP officials like Madame Tao Kaiyuan contribute to the work of the civil code. At the same time, we are seeing more civil law law judges working on the development of China’s specialized IP courts, thereby demonstrating increasing cross-fertilization between IP issues and general civil law issues in China.  The more IP is regarded as a private right, the more likely it is that China’s goals of developing an innovative economy can be achieved, IMHO.

Content source: Susan Finder and the Supreme People’s Court website, via the Chinalaw Listserve.

Photo source: Mark Cohen at the April 2015 “First China Intellectual Property Judicial Conference” (with subtitle indicating “under the background of judicial reform”). Chief Judge Song Xiaoming of the SPC IPR Tribunal presenting opening comments.

Federal Circuit Bar Hosts Discussion on Trade Secret Law Developments

Today, May 12, 2015, the Federal Circuit Bar Association  in connjunction with the USPTO will host a discussion on trade secret legislative reform with Prof. Huang Wushuang of East China University of Politics and Law.  The program will last from 12:30 to approximately 2:00.   The FCBA’s offices are located at 1620 I Street, NW, Suite 801, Washington, DC.   Please RSVP by contacting: Dfulton@meetingmastersinc.com.

Prof. Huang is one of China’s leading experts on trade secret law and has been active on trade secret legislative reform matters.

ABA Comments on Service Invention Regulations Released to the Public

Attached are the the comments on service inventor remuneration draft regulation prepared by the ABA’s sections on International Law and Intellectual Property Law.   The draft regulations were released for comment in early April.

I applaud the ABA for its continuing transparency in the public commenting process on Chinese IP laws and regulations, and for letting me make these comments available here.

Several China IP and Trade Opportunities Open in the DC Area

USPTO just announced on May 6 a position opening as a “Program Specialist” handling Intellectual Property Exchanges with China.  There are two position descriptions.

The positions involve developing and implementing multiple year  training plans (MOUs) with Chinese counterpart agencies; organizing programs for Chinese visitors to the USPTO; working on USPTO materials to be published; developing online resources; developing an on-line presence;  developing training materials; providing empirical sources/information resources for companies and other government agencies; and  working with universities and third parties in developing richer information sources.  The position involves working with the China team s at USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs.

USTR’s IP office also has a “Director” level position open.  The position is not China-specific, but does involve “resolv[ing] IPR and innovation trade problems using all available tools of U.S. trade policy, including the Special 301 process” and “serv[ing] as negotiator for the intellectual property provisions of trade agreements”.  In addition, USTR’s China office has a trade position open that does not  appear to be IP-focused.  If your interest is in China trade and IP, my guess is that both jobs would help job-seekers get a foot in the door of doing China-related trade and IP/innovation policy.

Most federal jobs have short closing dates.  Please read the announcements for the full descriptions and details.

Not to be outdone, the private sector is also looking.  Asia Society also has a new policy position opening involving Asia-wide economies and trade.

In addition, Chinese graduate students in the United States have only a few days left (May 11) to apply for scholarships to the US Foreign Policy Colloquium of the National Committee on US-China Relations.