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  • IP filings surge ahead of economic growth

    December 20, 2011

    Patent and trade mark filings rose 7.2% and 11.8% respectively in 2010, far ahead of global GDP growth at 5.1%, according to WIPO’s annual statistics report

  • China moves from quantity to quality patents

    December 20, 2011

    While brand owners have made only limited progress in combating counterfeiting in China in the 10 years since it joined the WTO, the improvement for patent owners – both domestic and foreign – has been remarkable

  • The Managing IP quiz of 2011

    December 15, 2011

    Win a free place at a Managing IP meeting of your choice in 2012 by answering our 20 questions on developments in the past year

  • UK IPO: meet our new man in Beijing

    December 08, 2011

    Rumours that the two giant pandas that arrived in the UK this week were in exchange for an IP attaché appear to be unfounded. Either way, Britain has its first IP rep abroad

  • Dyson’s China claims questioned

    December 08, 2011

    UK inventor and entrepreneur James Dyson claimed this week that China favours local companies when it grants patents, issuing them with IP rights up to five times faster than foreign applicants. But is he right?

  • Patent applicants to get access to Chinese patent translations

    November 29, 2011

    Inventors and patent applicants will be able to use a free automatic translation service to access patents filed at the Chinese patent office as a result of a deal between the EPO and SIPO

  • China plans new office to enforce IP rights

    November 29, 2011

    China’s decision to make its recent campaign against counterfeiting permanent and set up a new structure to oversee IP enforcement has received a cautious welcome from US officials

  • How US patent reform could benefit Chinese companies

    November 24, 2011

    While the benefits of patent reform for US businesses are still being debated, the benefits for Chinese patent owners looking to expand in the world’s largest economy are clear

  • Free access: How to win work from Chinese in-house counsel

    November 17, 2011

    A Managing IP survey of over 100 in-house lawyers and businessmen has revealed some interesting tips on how foreign law firms can win work out of China

  • Event report: why due diligence matters in Asia

    November 16, 2011

    Getting IP due diligence right is vital for helping to improve the market for technology transfer in Asia, said speakers at an LES event in Singapore last week

  • Analysis: AMSC’s trade secrets challenge in China

    November 07, 2011

    US energy technology company AMSC is making progress in its trade secrets battle with a former Chinese client, but will find it difficult to prove infringement in a jurisdiction without discovery

  • China joins PPH network

    October 31, 2011

    The first ever patent prosecution highway involving China’s State Intellectual Property Office will launch tomorrow with the Japan Patent Office

  • Why a Chinese company’s patent victory is a sign of things to come

    October 14, 2011

    Consumer electronics company Aigo has won a patent infringement decision against Japanese rival Toshiba in a case that shows the increasing assertiveness of Chinese companies in their own courts

  • Chinese companies turn tables on foreign IP owners in China

    October 03, 2011

    In China, foreign patent owners need to learn sophisticated defensive strategies to avoid heavy losses to domestic rivals, said speakers at the Asia-Pacific IP Forum last week

  • EU-China project trains more than 2,700 officials

    September 15, 2011

    A cooperation project between China and the EU has led to more than 2,700 officials working for IP agencies and institutions being trained over the past four years

  • EU-China IP project comes to a close

    July 28, 2011

    The EU and China have formally ended a four-year IP cooperation project with both sides claiming success, despite frustrations behind the scenes

  • New licensing regulations in China

    July 28, 2011

    New rules for how to file patent licensing agreements with SIPO will come into effect on Monday

  • Q&A with Tian Lipu

    July 25, 2011

    Managing IP interviewed SIPO Commissioner Tian Lipu during last month’s China-International IP Forum. In this full transcript, he discusses China’s patent explosion, SIPO’s plans, revised rules and international cooperation

  • Interview: SIPO’s Tian Lipu on China’s patent deluge

    July 25, 2011

    While David Kappos of the USPTO is struggling to get more money to cope with its backlog, SIPO is preparing to recruit 5,000 more examiners by 2015

  • Interview: Google counsel defends record

    July 14, 2011

    In an exclusive interview with Managing IP, Google counsel Fred von Lohmann claims he is a protector of innovation and free speech online

  • The most successful states for innovation

    June 30, 2011

    Switzerland, Sweden and Singapore have been rated the most innovative in an index of 125 economies

  • Learning to license in China

    June 29, 2011

    Licensing is an effective way to maximise IP cash flow, as long as you get the structure right, said speakers at Managing IP’s China International IP Forum in Beijing last week

  • Bilski one year on: still waiting for clarity

    June 28, 2011

    One year after the Bilski decision, claims geared to manipulating and processing data are at risk, according to panellists at a conference last week

  • What makes a good IP manager

    June 28, 2011

    Knowing your business, hiring dedicated professionals and understanding your employees and the market were the most crucial aspects of IP management, according to speakers at a Managing IP event last week

  • Navigate Europe's complex patent landscape

    June 23, 2011

    IP owners frequently fail to master the patent system in Europe, putting them at a competitive disadvantage, Robin Cefai of Sisvel said today

  • Tian responds to critics of China's IP system

    June 22, 2011

    The head of China's State Intellectual Property Office hit back at critics of China's record on protecting IP rights yesterday, saying that the way foreign media portrays the country's IP efforts is often inaccurate

  • Why Chinese companies should trust the ITC

    June 22, 2011

    As the largest group to be targeted by ITC Section 337 investigations, Chinese companies should trust rather than doubt the way the system works, according to speakers at Managing IP’s China International IP Forum in Beijing

  • Tips on buying IP in Asia

    June 22, 2011

    Foreign companies looking to buy IP assets in Asia need to bear in mind a few differences, said speakers at this year’s China-International IP Forum in Beijing

  • How Lenovo changed its IP culture

    June 21, 2011

    IP managers who want their bosses to treat them as the professionals that they are need to rethink the way that they manage their departments, Yan An of Lenovo said today.

  • Reports reveal China’s greentech plans

    May 25, 2011

    Two reports published last week have cast new light on China’s push to lead the world in the development of green technology

  • IP owners want cost-effective enforcement – report

    May 14, 2011

    Businesses are increasingly looking for value for money in IP enforcement, according to the third edition of Taylor Wessing's Global IP Index

  • Espinel sets out US enforcement priorities

    May 03, 2011

    US IP Tsar Victoria Espinel signalled a more aggressive approach to overseas enforcement in a speech at the Fordham IP Conference in New York on Friday

  • Huawei and ZTE in patent face-off

    April 29, 2011

    China’s two biggest telecommunication companies are now involved in patent and trade mark litigation against each other in Europe and China

  • China’s IP litigation rises 40%

    April 28, 2011

    The latest figures from China’s Supreme People’s Court show a dramatic rise in IP litigation, with domestic companies driving the increase

  • Asia celebrates World IP Day

    April 26, 2011

    Across the Asia-Pacific region IP offices have marked World IP Day with seminars, posters, information campaigns and the destruction of counterfeits

  • ZTE countersues Ericsson in China

    April 14, 2011

    Chinese mobile equipment manufacturer ZTE has sued Ericsson in China for patent infringement

  • Chinese filings at EPO double in two years

    April 13, 2011

    The number of EPO applications from China has leapt 96% from 6,490 in 2008 to 12,698 in 2010, according to data released today

  • Global awards recognise IP leaders

    April 07, 2011

    Law firms Bird & Bird, Baker & McKenzie and Hogan Lovells were among those celebrating at last week’s Managing IP Global Awards Dinner

  • Global awards 2011 – full list of winners

    April 07, 2011

    Managing IP presented more than 60 awards to the leading firms in Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America at the annual global awards dinner in London last night. Here are the winners:

  • Dyson’s litigation frustration in China

    April 07, 2011

    Gill Smith, director of IP at Dyson, is frustrated by delays, damages and dishonesty in Chinese litigation, she said yesterday

  • Hong Kong debates its patent future

    March 08, 2011

    A forum in Hong Kong last week exposed radically different positions about how to develop the patent system in the Special Administrative Region

  • Huawei – when patents and politics mix

    February 22, 2011

    Huawei’s decision to pull back from its deal to buy bankrupt Silicon Valley start-up 3Leaf is the latest in a series of IP-related setbacks in the US for the telecommunications company.

  • Huawei backs down in US patent row

    February 22, 2011

    Chinese telecoms company Huawei has bowed to US government pressure and reversed its decision to buy the patent portfolio of a Silicon Valley start up

  • One-Blue: How will China react?

    February 09, 2011

    Attempts to enforce a licensing scheme for Blu-Ray DVD patents risks a backlash from manufacturers in China

  • Beware of inventor disputes in China

    January 28, 2011

    Companies doing R&D in China need to think carefully about how they reward their inventors or risk getting taken to court, said speakers at an event in the country last week

  • Patent grants and applications soar in China

    January 25, 2011

    SIPO granted 40% more patents last year than in 2009 and received more than 1.2 million patent applications, according to official statistics

  • Judges take on technology challenge

    January 13, 2011

    Judges from the US, EU and China have claimed that, in the absence of legal reform, they will have to be responsible for helping the law keep pace with technology

  • US report on China’s indigenous innovation slammed

    January 06, 2011

    A US International Trade Commission report that attacked China’s indigenous innovation policies has been criticised by IP practitioners in the country

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