The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress promulgated the amended PRC Patent Law on October 17, 2020, and the new PRC Patent Law became effective on June 1, 2021. Article 70.1 of the new PRC Patent Law provides that “the patent administrative department under the State Council may, at the request of the relevant patentee or the interested parties, handle the patent infringement dispute that has a major impact nationwide.”
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This article addresses three important changes to pharmaceutical patents in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) in view of the newly amended PRC Patent Law (the Law), which will take effect on June 1, 2021, and the recent amendments to the Patent Examination Guidelines (the 2021 Guidelines) that took effect on January 15, 2021. These changes involve (1) patent term compensation due to delay in patent prosecution and/or marketing approval; (2) patent linkage system for pharmaceutical patents; and (3) relaxed criteria for consideration of post-filing data in patent prosecution. These changes aim to improve patent protection and enhance patent value for inventions in the PRC; they are also consistent with matters addressed in the Economic And Trade Agreement Between the Government othe United States of America And the Government othe People’s Republic of China (the Agreement) issued January 15, 2020.

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On May 25, 2021, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the interim measures for processing of related examination businesses regarding the implementation of the amended patent law (the Measures).[1] Both the Measures and the amended patent law (the Law) will take effect on June 1, 2021.
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The Center for Drug Evaluation (CDE) of the National Medical Products Administration (NMPA) launched a patent information registration platform for public testing of drugs approved in the People’s Republic of China (PRC).[1] The CDE further specified 1) patents eligible for the registration; 2) the deadline for generic applicants to submit a patent declaration; and 3) the four types of patent declarations.
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On May 15, 2019, the Zhejiang High People’s Court (the Appellate Court) reversed the trial court decision and found the defendant infringing the plaintiff’s Chinese Patent No. ZL 200880118796.3. The Appellate Court concluded that the term “the luggage strap . . . guided adjustably along the wall of the luggage” does not require the luggage

Last year, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), (now, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)), announced Administrative Measures for Prioritized Examination[1] (“the Measures”), which took effect as of August 1, 2017.  At the anniversary of the measures, we explain how domestic and foreign applicants can use the measures to expedite examination of their patent applications.
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As of September 1, 2018, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA – the new name for the combined China Patent & Trademark Office) will no longer automatically retrieve electronic priority documents from the USPTO via the PDX system.  Instead, CNIPA will retrieve priority documents via WIPO DAS, which will require providing the DAS access code.  The access code is the 4-digit confirmation number listed on USPTO filing receipts and used in the USPTO Electronic Filing System (EFS) and does not need to be requested independently from WIPO.
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In light of China’s merging of Patent and Trademark Offices, China has renamed the State Intellectual Property Office to the National Intellectual Property Administration (中国国家知识产权局). Both English and Chinese websites now show the new name as of August 29, 2018.  Click here for more information about the restructuring.

On March 29, 2018, the State Council issued Measures for transferring Intellectual Property rights (IPR) to foreign parties (Pilot) (hereinafter called “Measures”). The Measures are effective immediately and apply to all technical IPR (i.e., patents, registered integrated circuit layout designs, computer software copyrights and new plant varieties rights). According to the Measures, in IPR export and M&A approval process, a relevant IP department under the State Council (e.g., the State Intellectual Property Office) must conduct additional review before IPR transfer to a foreign entity or before foreign investors acquire Chinese companies that include IPR transfer.  Previously, in IPR export approval process, only non-IP departments reviewed IPR transfer. In M&A approval process, no government departments reviewed IPR transfer.
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This March, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court (the court) held that the deadline for claiming domestic priority is when an applicant completes registration formalities (i.e., pays required fees) and not later, when SIPO actually grants a resulting patent. In an administrative trial ((2015) JingZhiXingChuZi No.:2822), Richtek Electronics Co., Ltd. (Richtek) sued the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) based on a Notification that a claim to priority in a later-filed application was deemed not to have been made since the later-filed application was filed after payment of fees but before grant of the parent application.

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