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China’s market watchdog releases 2022 Legislative Plan

The legislative projects covered in the Plan are categorised either as Category I or Category II. It is essential that Category I projects are submitted for compliance checks and internal scrutiny by the deadline to prevent them being demoted to Category II.

01 June 2022

Fighting against bad-faith design patent filings in China

Two cases demonstrate the importance of a proactive filing strategy to prevent bad-faith design patent applications being granted to infringers producing similar products.

25 May 2022

McDonald’s is leaving Russia but will seek to retain its trademarks there

Move announced on Monday is rooted in the company’s brand values, CEO explains, but the door is left open to maintain key IP in the country

20 May 2022

Wenzhou court awards Siemens Rmb1 million in civil suit

In a ruling that is good news for rights holders, a court has ordered punitive damages against a repeat counterfeiter, finding that the fact that he was found guilty in criminal proceedings was no bar to a subsequent civil case.

18 May 2022

Highlights from the annual INTA meeting, the world’s biggest IP event

Among the key contributions in Washington DC last week were presentations from WIPO DG Darryl Tang and new USPTO Director Kathi Vidal

11 May 2022

Central District of California reigns as top US court for many types of IP litigation

Data from Docket Navigator shows the venues for trade secrets, trademark and copyright litigation in the US, areas in which the Los Angeles-based US District Court dominates

09 May 2022

Taiwan passes IP amendments to support its CPTPP application

New modifications introduced by the Legislative Yuan aim to strengthen the patent linkage system, while also enhancing the protection of copyrights and trademarks and responding to current trends.

04 May 2022

Parody defence unsuccessful in Louis Vuitton infringement case

In Taiwan, a parody must be humorous, ironic or critical, while also being entertaining and contain the contradictory characteristics of the original and the unoriginal. Failure to prove this may result in criminal liability.

20 April 2022

The pressure is on Kathi Vidal as she finally takes charge of the USPTO

After her long-awaited Senate confirmation, the agency’s new director has plenty on her plate and some unavoidably controversial decisions to make

07 April 2022

The lessons Big Tech can learn from pharma on inventor diversity

IAM’s Diversity 100 is a listing of the entities with the greatest proportion of female inventors named on US patent grants maintained between 1 January 2010 and 1 January 2022. It is dominated by life sciences companies and is a timely reminder of the importance of targeted and early recruitment, as well as inclusion programmes that genuinely promote parity

06 April 2022

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