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
Looking back on 2011 and into 2012, it has been a year with considerable transition for individuals following IP issues in China.
There were some important lateral changes in the private sector. With the Hogan Lovells merger, Doug Clark went to Hong Kong, and Horace Lam left Hogan Lovells for Jones Day in China. Former Supreme People’s Court IPR Chief Judge, Jiang Zhipei, left the Fangda Partners for King and Wood. Meanwhile, King and Wood, which already had a large China IP practice, merged with the Australian law firm, Mallesons, which has a Chinese IP practice. Amongst the more recent retirees from the Chinese government, Xu Chao, of the National Copyright Administration, and Yin Xintian, of the State Intellectual Property Office, both left the government for the Wanhuida law firm. An Qinghu, the former Director General in charge of the Chinese Trademark Office, also left his parent agency, the State Administration for Industry and Commerce, to work for the Chinese Trademark Association. Continue reading