“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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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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Prof. Mercurio: In Analyzing IPR in China One Should Distinguish Between Trademark, Copyright and Patent Law

Professor Bryan Mercurio, specialist in international economic law, with particular expertise in WTO law, free trade agreements and the intersection between international trade and intellectual property law and Associate Dean of Chinese University of Hong Kong, has written an interesting brief: ‘The Protection and Enforcement of Intellectual Property in China since Accession to the WTO:

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IPR Jurisdiction: Third Civil Division of Haining Municipal People’s Court Specialises in Copyright and Trademark Disputes

Haining Municipal People’s Court in Zhejiang Province set up the Third Civil Division, specializing the trial of civil cases concerning copyright disputes, trademark disputes and other related types of intellectual property rights disputes. Read the article here. First instance IP appeal cases of TRAB and PRB will be heard by the IP Tribunal of the

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Taylor Wessing Global Intellectual Property Index and China: The Last Shall Be The First

The People’s Republic of China was ranked last (24th position) in the Taylor Wessing Global Intellectual Property Index 2009, see here. The methodology of the GIPI rating is a calculation by a factor assessment model with jurisdiction assessments and instrumental factors as input. See the methodology here.  About China’s trademark system Taylor Wessing complains about the delay

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How to Protect Traditional Chinese Medicine?

Recently I have been corresponding about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and which intellectual property rights (IPR) can protect them. I just read Mr or Ms Jia’s interesting paper on TCM (Jia Q., The World Health Organization, ‘Traditional Chinese Medicine Could Make “Health for One” [Come] True’, 2006) which includes a very interesting chapter on intellectual

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SIPO: “Digital Radio Standard Will Shake Few Foreign Companies’ Dominance”

SIPO reports that the Ministry of Information Technology released a national standard on multi-channel digital radio coding and decoding technology for the digital radio industry. And it wrote reassuringly: “The standard which be widely used in digital television and digital radio will shake few foreign companies’ dominance in the field.” China is pushing home-bred innovations

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Haier Files 2.6 Patent Applications Per Day

Gao Hucheng, the Vice-Minister of Commerce, wrote an article about the need for China to improve its brands and IPRs in order to become internationally more competitive. Haier, the Chinese posterchild that is taking its brand very serious, “put[s] forth 2.6 patents each day on average and takes the lead among all household appliance enterprises

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