IAM Patent 1000 2021

Patents are essential business commodities and knowing how to obtain, enforce and monetise them has become mission critical. The IAM Patent 1000 has firmly established itself as the definitive ‘go-to’ resource for those seeking to identify world-class, private practice patent expertise.

China: Domestic

Significant changes could be afoot in China, which has become the third major patent destination after the United States and EPO. A sharp decline in patent filings during the country’s early-2020 covid-19 lockdown was followed by a major rally in application levels throughout the rest of the year, with China...

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Significant changes could be afoot in China, which has become the third major patent destination after the United States and EPO. A sharp decline in patent filings during the country’s early-2020 covid-19 lockdown was followed by a major rally in application levels throughout the rest of the year, with China remaining largely unaffected while waves of the pandemic reverberated around the world. Towards the end of the year and in early 2021 it became clear that authorities in China were getting serious about their frequent refrains of “quality over quantity”, when the Chinese National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) launched a big crackdown on “abnormal” patent filings and announced plans to scrap all filing subsidies by 2025. Examples have been made of agencies perceived to be churning out low-quality rights in legally murky circumstances as part of a campaign dubbed “Blue Sky”. All this should be a net positive for the Chinese IP scene in the long run, but the evaporation of financial incentives and greater upfront scrutiny of applications could have an impact on the level of domestic work to go around. Retaining a patent firm with a spotless reputation has never been more important. Luckily, there is no shortage of highly recommended agencies and law firms, making this the longest chapter in the Asia-Pacific section of the IAM Patent 1000.

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