Law & Policy

China introduces national patentleft to boost patent monetization

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) on May 11 launched a pilot program on the formation of a national patent open source licensing system in a bid to game the patent system to the maximum. The phased goal set for the program was declared to be that by

China to introduce stricter utility model examination rules

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has been ramping up the efforts to improve the overall quality of China’s utility model patents by giving utility model applications more scrutiny since 2017. The latest manifestation was the increased criteria of their examination in t

SPC streamlines courts of original jurisdiction over IP cases

China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) on April 21 released Certain Provisions for the Hierarchy of Courts of Original Jurisdiction over Civil and Administrative IP Litigation (《关于第一审知识产权民事、行政案件管辖的若干规定》), which came into force on May 1. The Judicial Interpretation (JI) of the Civil Procedure Law of th

Italian designer Armani confirms $480,000 win in trademark suit in China

China’s Shanghai Intellectual Property Court on April 25 upheld a lower court ruling in favor of iconic Italian fashion designer Giorgio Armani in a trademark infringement lawsuit lodged by him against Yang and Zhang, seeking 3 million yuan ($450,000) in damages and 200,000 yuan ($30,000) in reasona

China releases IPRs Enforcement and Protection Report 2021

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) on April 26 released the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement and Protection Report 2021 (《2021年中国知识产权保护状况》). China’s State Council published two foundational documents the Guidelines for Building a Powerful Country with Intellectua