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 (45,239), China (43,168), Germany (18,315) and the Republic of Korea (15,560) (figure 11). China has posted double-digit annual growth rates in applications since 2002 and, if the current trend continues, it will overtake the U.S. within the next two years to become the largest user of the PCT System.”

 

The top-50 of published PTC applications in 2016 had five champions in the field of telecommunications, networking, display and e-commerce. For the first time ZTE takes over the top position from Huawei.

 

– ZTE (telecommunications equipment and systems) set a new record for the largest number of filings by an applicant in a single year with 4,123 published applications in 2016.

– Huawei Technologies C0., Ltd. (networking and telecommunications equipment), ranked no. 2, with 3,692 published applications.

– BOE Technology Co., Ltd. (supplier of display products and solutions), ranked no. 8, with 1,673 published applications.

– Shenzhen China Star Optoelectronics Technology Co., Ltd. (designs and manufactures liquid crystal display screens), ranked no. 16, with 1,163 published applications.

-Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. (e-commerce company), ranked no. 34, with 448 published applications.


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From the Horse’s Mouth: Jack Ma talks IP in Davos

Besides, president Xi Jinping and China’s richest man Wang Jianlin of Dalian Wanda, Jack Ma (马云), Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group visited the World Economic Forum in Davos.

 

Ma talks IP, will he walk IP?

 

The Alibaba Group, which includes Taobao, TMall and Alibaba, was identified in the USTR’s Special 301 Report of 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 for facilitating the sale of counterfeit goods to consumers and businesses. Some measures and assurances were taken against counterfeit products. For this Taobao
was removed from the List of Notorious Markets in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. However, in 2016 Taobao returned to this list, see here (pages 12-13).

 

Earlier in the year, Alibaba was kicked out of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance after a membership of one month (13 April 2016 to 13 May 2016). Read Rishiki Sadam, ‘Anti-Counterfeiting group suspends Alibaba’s membership’, Reuters, 13 May 2016, available here. But now Alibaba has started its own alliance: Tom Brennan wrote on 16 January on Alizila (Alibaba’s news site) that Alibaba launches ‘Big Data Anti-Counterfeiting Alliance’, see here.

 

18 January 2017, Ma was interviewed by NY Times’ Andrew Sorkin at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Sorkin: “One of the critiques is, as you know, and it continues to linger around Alibaba, is the piracy issue. This is an IP issue and it is an issue all over China, but you take the brunt of lot of it.” Ma: “Yeah.” Sorkin: “How much progress have you made in your mind, and how do you think about some of the regulatory bodies including in the U.S. that continue to critisize Alibaba for these issues?”

 

Video starts at the moment supreme:

 


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Complaining about Taobao’s IPR Complaint System and a MOU

When the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA) testified for the USCC Hearing on “China’s Intellectual Property Rights and Indigenous Innovation Policy,” April 25, 2011, it focused on the software and recorded music industry. However, they also wrote a letter about the overall IP record in China, see here. “Sites such as Alibaba.com, Aliexpress.com, GlobalSources.com, Made-in-China.com, DHgate.com, […]

Turn of the Screw For E-Commerce Platforms: Circular on Regulating Sales Promotion of Online Shopping First Step

Take notice Taobao, Alibaba and all other Chinese e-commerce sites. January 5, 2011, the Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) promulgated a Circular on Regulating Sales Promotion of Online Shopping (商商贸发[2011]3号) for the commerce authorities (in all provinces, autonomous regions, municipalities directly under the central government, cities specifically designated in the state plan and the Xinjiang Production […]

Alibaba and the IP Thieves; Domain Name, Trademark and Copyright Disputes

Cherry Zhang of Pacific Epoch wrote:“Chinese e-commerce company Alibaba is in a trademark war with Beijing-based software company Beijing Zhengpu Technology to register the “Alibaba” name in China, reports Sohu. Alibaba originally applied for the trademark from China’s State Administration of Industry & Commerce (SAIC) on January 14, 2002, while Zhengpu applied for the name […]