The China IP Focus, available for free download here, also
contains the profiles of the most influential people in IP in
China from our annual Top 50 feature.
The new Trademark Law, which comes into effect on May 1, is
of particular interest. Gang Hu, Fang Wang and Jing Qui of
CCPIT discuss the main changes in the law, and Weifeng Li of
Panawell & Partners looks at how the new law changes the
protection and limitations of well-known marks. Meanwhile, Anne
Mae Koo of Vivien Chan & Co talks about how the updated law
tries to tackle the longstanding problem of trade mark
squatters and Wei Dong of PC & Associates examines how the
new law helps rights owners seeking damages.
The new Trademark Law is not the only topic of interest for
IP practitioners. Shenjun Chen of Shanghai Patent &
Trademark Office discusses strategies for defending
against patent infringement claims, an especially timely topic
as international rights holders increasingly find themselves in
the role of defendant in patent suits. Nannan Lin and Qi Wang
of Deqi Intellectual Property Law give an update on how an
invention’s country of completion affects the
confidentiality examination requirements under the Patent Law,
while Freder Shen and Jenny Li of Kangxin explain changes in
the conduct of preliminary examinations.
Enforcement is a challenge for rights holders everywhere,
but this is especially true in China. Johnson Jiang Li and
Rongxin Li of China Patent Agent (HK) look at whether rights
holders should choose judicial or administrative avenues for
enforcement, while Spring Chang of Chang Tsi & Partners
look at the rapid growth of IP filings and what this means for
These are just some of the topics in this
year’s China’s IP Focus. If you have
any comments on how to make future editions more useful, we
would love to hear from you.