Federal Circuit Announces October Shanghai Program

The Federal Circuit Bar Association has recently announced its October 19-20, 2015 program in Shanghai, China, with the title “Intellectual Property & Trade 2015:  Adjudication, Administration, and Innovation October, 2015 Shanghai, China.” Here is the page where the agenda will appear. Here’s my bog on the last judicial conference sponsored by the FCBA in China.

The New Swiss-China FTA: What It May Mean for IPR in China

China signed its first FTA with a European country, Switzerland on July 6, 2013.  The FTA is a significant advance in China’s trade diplomacy with the West since China’s FTA with New Zealand (2008).   Although Switzerland is not a member of the EU, its close legal, economic and cultural relationships with the EU and its participation in the European Patent Convention, could have a positive impact on harmonizing Chinese practices with European practices in certain areas.  Based on the still skeletal outline provided by the news release from the Swiss government (the release follows the post and the full text has now been release), the FTA seems to advance several important IP interests of Switzerland.  Continue reading

The China IP “Hits” Parade

How do foreigners obtain on-line information on IP developments in China?  Is language a major barrier? The data from on-line hits and page views suggests that Chinese government sources may be a major source of information and that Americans are not major consumers of this data in Chinese or in English.  In fact, American-origin hits are more likely for Chinese content websites, rather than English.  However, not all foreigners are the same.   Europe had more than 10 times the utilization of the Chinese patent office websites compared to Americans.   The difference is not attributable to increased patent filings by Europeans: the US was the second largest foreign grantee of SIPO patents (78,902), after Japan, with over two times the number of grants as Germany (34,833) and about an equal number to the total patent grants to European countries in 2012, according to SIPO data. Continue reading

New Internet Publishing Management Regulations (DRAFT)

From Rogier Creemers:

On the 18th, the General Administration of Press and Publications issued three draft regulations: the Internet Publishing Services Regulations, the Management Rules for Foreign News Publishing Organs Establishing Offices Within the Territory of China and the Press and Publications Sector Standards Management Rules. These three are offered for consultation, with a deadline to submit comments by 10 January.  For more on these regulations, please visit Rogier’s blog post on the topic, here.