Hong Kong’s Original Grant Patent, Reciprocity And Hong Kong’s Future As Legal Hub

On the last day one can send his or her opinion on the patent registration system in Hong Kong to the government, you will find an overview of what we can expect and what we can hope for. The patent system of Hong Kong, largely influenced by the re-registration patent system it inherited as a dependent […]

Sobering Statistics Put China’s Innovation Into Perspective

In the graphical perspective,things become smaller if the distancefrom the observer increases Professor Anil Gupta and Haiyan Wang, writers of the book ‘Getting China and India right‘, put China’s innovation statistics into perspective. Patent filings in 2008 U.S.A. 400,769 filings Japan 502,054 filings China 203,481 filings Gupta and Wang have a point when they argue […]

Five IP Offices: The site…

The five biggest patent offices of the world: USPTO (US), SIPO (China), EPO (EU), JPO (Japan) and KIPO (South Korea) cooperate. They have a website and you can see their common projects, here. Hat tip to the IPKat.

China Leads IP5 Meeting on Jeju Island in South Korea

October 27 and 28, 2008, the IP5 European Patent Office (EPO), Japan Patent Office (JPO), Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), China’s State Intellectual Property Organisation (SIPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) came together for the second time, this year on the beautiful vulcanic island of Jejudo, South Korea. The delegation was […]

Patent Challenge in China: What’s the State of the Art?

The last quarterly newsletter of the European Patent Office (EPO) has an interesting article about the difficulty for foreign patent applicants to determine prior art (state of the art) in China, because all prior art in China is in Chinese. To determine prior art is crucial, because the patent can only be granted to an […]

8th Annual IEEM IP Seminar in Macau

Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders of the Maastricht University, the Netherlands, informed me about The International Intellectual Property Law and Pharmaceuticals conference organised by Dr. Christopher Heath, Member of the Boards of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO) and himself. It will be the 8th Annual IP Seminar to be organised at the Instituto de […]