Managing IP’s 2021 Asia-Pacific IP Focus looks at a series of thought-provoking IP developments across China, India, Japan and South Korea, that have come to the forefront during the past few months.
Interaction with national patent offices is a seminal topic in this guide, as countries respond to the increasing use of enforcement and examinations, while contending with how to react to the changes under IP law.
In June 2021, China’s amended patent law came into force, with notable wider protection offered for designs. Through the use of case studies, the article by DEQI Intellectual Property explains how applicants can overcome office actions concerning substantive defects of design applications.
Arguments for inventive step in the Japan Patent Office examination can be categorised into five particular groups: fact finding, matter of design, motivation, obstructive factor and effect. If an applicant can persuade the examiner to accept any one of these arguments, the rejection of inventive step is overturned. Shiga International Patent Office’s article presents a statistical analysis of the effectiveness of such arguments in the examination.
The Indian Patent Office has often been seen to interpret Section 59 of the Indian Patent Act in a highly restrictive manner, thus raising barriers to amendment. The authors from Anand and Anand explore the limits of claim amendments in India and call for modification to the rules to reflect global standards.
Through a set of example cases, FirstLaw PC’s article outlines the investigation procedure that can be sought by IP holders against unfair international trade practices involving IP infringement through the Korea Trade Commission’s proceedings. Corrective measures, penalties and remedies for such infringement are cited in further detail.
As the investment climate bounces back in the Asia-Pacific, IP queries and research and development looks set to grow in the coming year. We hope that you enjoy hearing from the IP experts leading the progression in our Asia-Pacific IP Focus.
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