IAM Patent 1000 2021

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China: Foreign

International firms are waking up to just how crucial it is to have a physical presence in China, which is the main reason behind the expansion of this chapter. More and more organisations are taking advantage of the benefits of joint ventures with domestic law firms, as this allows them...

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International firms are waking up to just how crucial it is to have a physical presence in China, which is the main reason behind the expansion of this chapter. More and more organisations are taking advantage of the benefits of joint ventures with domestic law firms, as this allows them to offer local litigation services – early adopters of this structure include Baker McKenzie, Clyde & Co, Hogan Lovells, Rouse and, most recently, Allen & Overy LLP. Amid the uncertainties of the US-China trade war, the Chinese government has identified intellectual property as a core element of the country’s national strategy going forward. The fourth amendment to China’s Patent Law was approved by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress on 17 October 2020, 12 years after it was last updated. The new amendment will bring Chinese patent law more into line with international practice, with changes due to take effect on 1 June 2021.

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