USPTO and SAIC Engagement on IP Issues

From Director’s Forum: David Kappos’ Public Blog:

On Sept 10, 2012 the USPTO was privileged to host Minister Zhou Bohua and his senior delegation from the State Administrative for Industry and Commerce of China (SAIC) of the People’s Republic of China. Minister Zhou, visited us for about four hours, as part of a stopover en route to a meeting in Brazil. This was likely the first time that a Minister from SAIC has visited USPTO. Continue reading

Proview and Apple Settle: What Does It Say about IP and Rule of Law in China?

According to the press reports, Apple and Proview have recently settled their dispute over ownership of the iPad mark for 60 million USD (See http://apnews.myway.com/article/20120702/D9VOHLB00.html).  The news has even made it to the blogosophere (see http://www.chinahearsay.com/), and the iPad name is being assigned to Apple.

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Other perspectives on Apple/Proview

Last week, we had a group of Chinese IP officials visiting Fordham – from Chinese Customs, a local Administration for Industry and Commerce and the Supreme People’s Procuratorate  – it was a perfect combination of officials to ask about the Apple / Proview case from the perspective of different Chinese government agencies, other than the courts. Continue reading