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China’s trademark opposition system: a step-by-step guide

China25-11-2016Lynn Wang and Catherine Wang

Following an amendment in 2013, China’s trademark opposition procedure has made it cheaper and quicker to register marks in the country, say Lynn Wang of Peksung Intellectual Property Group and Catherine Wang of Dayup Intellectual Property, who discuss the value of the current system.

Rebutting objections to inventiveness

China24-11-2016Zhong Shouqi

Since early 2015, patent examiners at the State Intellectual Property Office of China have been increasingly focusing on patentability issues, especially inventiveness.

Protecting graphical user interfaces

China03-10-2016Guangyu Zhang

A graphical user interface (GUI) refers to an interface presented as a graph or image in a display which links to an operating system. A user can perform an operation by clicking the graph or image in the interface.

China: Better services for trademark owners

China20-05-2016Xiang Gao

For 13 consecutive years, China has handled the most trademark applications and registrations. According to statistics, by September 2015 the cumulative number of trademark applications in China amounted to 17.6 million and the total number of trademark registrations was 11.8 million.

China: which way to go? The pros and cons of the two-track system

China09-05-2016Jiancheng Jiang

In China’s patent system, there are two available routes for enforcing a patent. This is the so-called two-track system in which a patent owner, when encountering infringement of its patent, can opt to file a complaint with a local government body responsible for patent administration matters in the area (usually named a local intellectual property office).

New draft for patent amendments in China

China19-02-2016Stephen Yang

On December 2, 2015 a new draft of the fourth amendment to the Chinese patent law, which was sent to the State Council for review, was published.

Latest amendments to PRC's trademark law

China01-05-2013Xiang Gao

On December 28, 2012, the Legal Work Committee of the National People’s Congress of PRC published its latest draft of the third amendment to PRC trademark law, which was open for public comments until January 31, 2013.

Search in examinations on utility model and designs

China01-04-2013Stephen Yang

On February 6, 2013, the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) published a draft amendment to the Guidelines for Examination, soliciting public comments.

Changes in China: retail and wholesale services

China01-02-2013Xiang Gao and Stephen Yang

According to WIPO, a new version of the 10th edition of the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks (Nice Classification) entered into force on January 1, 2013.

China's patent law to be amended again

China01-12-2012Stephen Yang

On August 9, 2012, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) published a draft amendment to the Patent Law, soliciting public comments.

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