The Webinars: There several useful webinars that are scheduled for this month. On July 23, 2020 the USPTO will be hosting a webinar on using overlapping rights to protect your products (10:30 AM-12:30 EST). China has many efficient and low cost means for protecting design and other rights, including design patents, 3D trademarks, applied art (copyright), as well as relevant anti-unfair competition law and civil law provisions. This is an important and useful topic. On July 28, the World Intellectual Property Review and Wanhuida law firm are co-hosting a webinar on how to deal with bad faith trademark registrations on (4 PM British Summer Time), a topic that is also dear to my heart. Both webinars are free.
Berkeley’s China IP series is over for 2020 and we are now planning on 2021. Recordings of all sessions will be made available to the public in 90 days. If you have any suggestions on how to further develop this successful program, please write to me.
The Comments: The post-Phase 1/post-pandemic lockdown flurry in China of legislation has elicited comments from the public. The copyright law comments in China alone elicited 51,165 comments and 167,196 legislative suggestions. Prof. Andy Sun’s comments on the copyright law are found through this link (Chinese only). The ABA has also commented to the USPTO on the judicial interpretations recently released for public comment, which may be found through this link. Please send us any comments that you have prepared!
The Encomium: July 1 was the 90th birthday of Prof. Jerome A. Cohen. Jerry’s fans are legion, and I am also grateful for his support of my own efforts in academia. Here is a recording of the opening webinar we did on April 22, 2020 at Berkeley on developments in Chinese law with Jerry Cohen, Susan Finder and Sean Randolph. I join Jerry’s many admirers in wishing him many more years of health, happiness and helping to make the world a better place. Here is one encomium that was written by Jim McGregor.