MOU Signed for Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City 中新广州知识城

Intellectual Property Singapore Office (IPOS) reports that on 20 September 2018, “China’s Vice Premier Han Zheng and Singapore’s Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, IPOS’ enterprise engagement arm – IP ValueLab – signed a MOU (see Annex A: areas of cooperation) with the Administrative Committee (KCAC) and Sino-Singapore Guangzhou Knowledge City Investment and Development Co. Ltd

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Avoiding Waste: Patent Prosecution Highway pilots between China and Chile, and China and Czech Republic

According to Memoranda of Understanding between China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the Industrial Property Institute of Chile (INAPI), and SIPO and the Industrial Property Office of the Czech Republic (IPO-CZ), both combinations will start a Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot on 1 January 2018. The Sino-Chilean pilot will end on 31 December 2020 and

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China expected to become the heaviest user of the Patent Cooperation Treaty in 2019

The Patent Cooperation Treaty Yearly Review 2017, The International Patent System, was just published by the World Intellectual Property Organization, see here.   Here are some interesting nudgets about China:   “Applicants based in the U.S. filed the largest number of Patent Convention Treaty (PCT) applications in 2016 with 56,595, followed by applicants from Japan

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China’s Position as Champion of Traditional Knowledge in International Law Fora

Traditional Knowledge (TK), Genetical Resources (GR), Traditional Cultural Expressions (TCE), are sometimes seen as spare change between the countries with a high and those of a low GDP per capita (the terminology of developed and developing countries is flawed as Professor Neuwirth of the University of Macau convincingly argues in Global Governance and the Creative

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Intellectual Property in China (Civil Law jurisdiction) Closer to Common Law System for the Sake of Uniformity?

A highly relevant development for intellectual property litigation is going on in the PRC: To improve transparency, a uniform application of law, and thus legal predictability towards a commercial rule of law, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) has promulgated an opinion on 12 April 2017 that courts in the People’s Republic of China (China) have

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USPTO is looking for an IP Attaché located in Guangzhou

“This position is located in the U.S. Consulate General Guangzhou, China. The incumbent will serve as an Intellectual Property Attorney-Adviser (IP Attaché) in Guangzhou for the International Trade Administration/Global Markets (ITA/GM) and United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The position requires a law degree and knowledge of all fields of IPR and international agreements

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Let’s Filter A Million Pictures in Times of Copyright Infringments

In my book Trademarks and Social Media, Towards Algorithmic Justice, I describe the progress made in filtering technology which is another reason to advocate strict liability for online service providers. The possibilities of filtering are illustrated in today’s article by Rowan Callick. In The Australian he features Chu Yong’s Super Image Market which is not only

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Switzerland and China Keep Working On IP Protection/Enforcement

April 8, 2016, President Johann Schneider-Ammann, the Swiss President met with Zhang Dejiang (张德江), Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in Beijing. According to China’s state-news agency Xinhua, Zhang “called on the two countries’ parliaments to strengthen mutual learning in the legislation of intellectual property protection, innovation and entrepreneurship as well

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Dr. Lin Xu on registration, use and protection of trademarks in China

On 24 July 2015, gLAWcal (Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development) invited Dr. Lin Xu, Deputy Director of Legal Affairs Division of Trademark Review and Adjudication Board of State Administration for Industry and Commerce, People’s Republic of China provided a lecture on “The Registration, Use and Protection of Trademarks in China”. Professor Paolo Farah (University

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New Draft: Domain Name System bureaus must care about censorship, not so much IP infringements

Rogier Creemers posted a translated revision draft (undated) of the Internet Domain Name Management Rules of which the Ministry of  Industry and Information Technology is seeking opinions. The rules give a definition of domain name, referring to a “digital indicator that is used on the Internet to distinguish and orient the hierarchical structure of computers, and corresponds

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Hong Kong Government pushes for the adoption of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014 by placing newspaper advertisements

  27 February 2016, the Hong Kong government placed an advertisement in some Hong Kong newspapers, including the Oriental Daily (東方日報) to advocate the adoption of the Copyright (Amendment) Bill 2014, next week.  The Hong Kong government has chosen this surprising method to advocate the passing of the bill, and blaming the Pan-Democrats in the process for the

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“In Regard to Patent Systems Hong Kong is in the Same League as Fiji and the Seychelles”

  Another panel was discussing “Hong Kong’s Response” on patent reform chaired by Mr. Thomas Tsang (photo: left), Assistant Director (Patents), HKIPD. First speaker of that panel was Ms. Charmaine Koo (photo: right), Partner and Co-Head of Deacons IP Department: She put Hong Kong’s lack of an independent patent system in perspective by remarking that

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Prof Yahong Li Provides Overview of How China Put Innovation on Agenda, But “Patent Quantity Does Not Automatically Translate Into Quality Patents”

  Dr. Yahong Li (photo: middle), Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong, demonstrated how innovation has been prioritised in the People’s Republic of China during the years. – National Medium and Long Term Plan for Science and Technology Development 2006-2020, which declared sanguinely that China will become an innovation-based economy by 2020!

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Professor Bryan Mercurio on Patent Law: “One Size Does Not Necessarily Fit All”

  Professor Bryan Mercurio (photo), Vice Chancellor’s Outstanding Fellow of Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong discussed “Amending the TRIPS Agreement to Promote Innovation” and posed some interesting What if… questions. Professor Mercurio went directly to the point: Since there is no conclusive answer to the question whether IP stifles or

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Well-known Trademark in China (2014): No Longer Unknown, But Still Unloved?

    By Danny Friedmann   The Third Amendment to the Trademark Law, which, together with the revised Trademark Regulations, came into effect May 1st, 2014, in combination with the Well-known Trademark Recognition and Protection Regulations stipulated by the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), came into effect on May 17, 2014, will clarify among

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Ohio State University Economists: “Increase in Southern IPR Does Not Always Benefit North”

By Dr. Danny Friedmann   A never ending scholarly debate, put on the agenda by Professor Keith E. Maskus many years ago, about whether intellectual property rights harness or hinder Economic Development including Foreign Direct Investment from North (developed countries) to South (developing countries) has been enriched by Yuan Wang and Huanxing Yang (both Ohio

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IEEM IP Seminar 2014 Macau/Hong Kong

The Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) of the Maastricht University, led by Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders, has organized this year a IEEM IP Seminar 2014 on Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and the Knowledge Economy, Macau Cultural Center, May 19-20, 2014.   Then May 21, 2014, the Advanced Professional Update will be held (Programme for the IGIR

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IP Dragon Teaches CPD Course in HK: Transnational Trademark Issues: Observations from a Century of Budweiser Conflicts

By Dr. Danny Friedmann   In 2006 Professor Justin Hughes of Cardozo Law School wrote one of the defining articles on Geographical Indications: “Champagne, Feta, and Bourbon: The spirited debate about geographical indications”, you can find here and an excellent presentation here.  In his presentation Professor Hughes also mentions the Budweiser cases, starting at 42 minutes see here.

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Guest Post: International Patent Filing Strategy Survey for Patent Attorneys in Biotech and Pharmaceuticals

By Richard Schurman   Dear IP Dragon readers,   A Team of law students, who are members of the Intellectual Property law Fellowship at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law in San Diego, California, are working on a Research Project directed toward aiding patent attorneys in developing international patent filing strategies for biotechnology and pharmaceutical

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Participate in IP Dragon’s CPD Course on Century of Budweiser Conflicts: Hong Kong March 8, 2014

March 8, 2014 Danny Friedmann will give a course on Transnational Trademark, and deals with the observations of a century of Budweiser conflicts.   This course will provide an insight into transnational trademark law.  The trademark law in Hong Kong will be used as a reference point: to clarify the differences and similarities between the Hong

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Divergence of US and UK Policies in Regard to IP in China: Pressure vs Papering Over the Cracks

By Danny Friedmann   China’s increasing economic power keeps on rumbling. While the US and UK seemed like identical twins in regard to foreign policy during the Bush-Blair era, recently the Anglo-American unity in regard a policy towards China seems to be diverging. David Cameron, the UK prime minister and leader of the Conservative Party,

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Albert S.K. Ho of Hong Kong Customs Gives Preview of the Future of Enforcement, Including 3D Printing

During the IP HK-EU Series 2013 Expert Conference, which was entitled “Hong Kong – European Union Cooperation in Protecting and Developing Intellectual Property and Brands: Current Situation and Future Trend”, September 2 at the Hong Kong Baptist University, Albert Ho, Assistant Commissioner, Intelligence and Investigation Branch, Hong Kong Customs and Excise, shared some great ideas

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