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copies will be sent to Managing IP subscribers and will be
available from our booths at upcoming conferences.
We have two contributions from
China. In the first, Kang Quan of DEQI Intellectual Property
Law Corporation discusses modifications and measures affecting
computer programs in the Chinese Patent Examination Guidelines.
The second looks at trade secrets. China does not have a trade
secret law as such, but that does not mean that trade secrets
cannot be protected, as Ran Wang and Xiaojing Wang of Liu Shen
In recent times, India has become a battle field for
standard essential patents (SEP) litigation. Several SEP
holders (Philips, Ericsson, Dolby and Vringo) have chosen
Indian courts, specifically the Delhi High Court, as the forum
to litigate their SEPs. Pravin Anand and Abhilasha Nautiyal of
Anand and Anand explain why.
Masayuki Ogura of Shiga International Patent Office compares
Japan’s opposition system to that of other
countries, and provides tips for opponents and patent
Finally, Hyoun Ja Park and Hyun Sil Lee of FirstLaw P.C.
provide a Q&A guide to protecting, challenging and
enforcing various IP rights in South Korea.
As we discuss in the introduction to the Focus, Asia is
increasingly leading the filing of international IP rights as
is clear from filing data published by WIPO. Much of this
growth is driven by domestic applicants in China.
This trend is likely to continue, driven by government
initiatives as well as demand from businesses and consumers. In
Japan, for example, the JPO has set out an ambitious list of
goals, under three headings, to be achieved in fiscal year 2017
(available on the JPO website in English and Japanese).
Over the coming decade, trends in Asia will become more
important for IP practitioners worldwide, and our free
Asia-Pacific Focus is a great place to start reading about