Archive: June, 2012

ASEAN Enhances Patent Examination Cooperation Program

ASEAN Enhances Patent Examination Cooperation Program

The ASEAN Patent Examination Cooperation (ASPEC) program will now operate in the English language in all participating ASEAN IP Offices, a press statement from the ASEAN Secretariat said here on Friday. The enhancement, announced by the Heads of ASEAN Intellectual Property (IP) Offices, was part of a regular review of the ASPEC program at the […]

Chinese Courts See Increase in IPR Cases

Chinese Courts See Increase in IPR Cases

The number of cases handled by Chinese courts nationwide regarding intellectual property rights (IPR) disputes and violations surged in 2011, a spokesman for the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) said Tuesday. In 2011, local courts at all levels across the country received 59,612 new IPR-related civil cases and concluded the trials of 58,201 cases, up by […]

On 26 October 2011, the Republic of Moldova deposited a notification of denunciation of the Eurasian Patent Convention

On 26 October 2011, the Republic of Moldova deposited a notification of denunciation of the Eurasian Patent Convention

On 26 October 2011, the Republic of Moldova deposited a notification of denunciation of the Eurasian Patent Convention, which will take effect on 26 April 2012. This denunciation will not affect granted Eurasian patents or PCT applications filed before 26 April 2012 containing the designation of the Republic of Moldova for a Eurasian patent; these […]

USPTO Adds Advancement of Examination Option to the Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

USPTO Adds Advancement of Examination Option to the Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), working in conjunction with the Patent Office Professional Association (POPA) announced today that the Patent Law School Clinic Certification Pilot Program will add a Petition to Make Special component. Schools participating in the program will be allowed a set number of applications to be advanced […]

USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot to Sept. 30, 2012

USPTO Extends After Final Consideration Pilot to Sept. 30, 2012

Washington – The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has extended its After Final Consideration Pilot (AFCP) to Sept. 30, 2012. Originally scheduled to end on June 16, 2012, the extension of the AFCP will give more stakeholders the opportunity to have their patent applications given enhanced consideration after a final rejection. The extension […]

Taiwan and Japan to Start PPH Pilot Program May 1

Taiwan and Japan to Start PPH Pilot Program May 1

Following the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Pilot program with the United States Patent and Trademark Office, TIPO will begin a similar pilot program with the Japan Patent Office (JPO) on May 1. This is a milestone in patent cooperation and exchange between Taiwan and Japan since the signing of the Arrangement for the Mutual Cooperation […]

iPad Trademark Dispute Sees Progress

iPad Trademark Dispute Sees Progress

Pragmatic progress has been made in the dispute between Proview Technology (Shenzhen) and Apple Inc. over use of the iPad trademark, according to an attorney for Proview (Shenzhen). “We feel that the attitude of Apple Inc. has changed. Although they expressed that they were willing to negotiate, they have never taken any action before. But […]

China Boasts Sharpest Growth in PCT Applications

China Boasts Sharpest Growth in PCT Applications

According to the latest statistics released by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on March 6, growth rate of applications originated from China has dwarfed for three straight years since 2009. China filed a total of 16,406 PCT applications in 2011, up 33.4%, sharpest in the world. The next two sprinters were Russia (28%) and […]

China Ranks 7th in International Trademark Filings in 2011

China Ranks 7th in International Trademark Filings in 2011

Statistics from WIPO website show that 2011 saw the highest number of international trademark applications ever filed under WIPO’s Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks (Madrid system). Applicants from China ranked 7th, filing 2,149 international applications, or 5.1% of the total. In 2010, China ranked 8th. In addition, China remained No.1 in designations. […]

Why Are Chinese Companies Keen on Acquiring European Companies?

Why Are Chinese Companies Keen on Acquiring European Companies?

Chinese companies seem to become frequent participants in oversea merger and acquisition activities these days. It is the latest move by Shandong Heavy Industry Group to acquire Italian luxury-yacht builder Ferretti yachts that seals a hectic year of shopping European companies by Chinese companies in 2011. “We now own some hundreds of patents and rights […]

The TIPO published an advance announcement of the draft of “Regulations for Governing the Foreign Language Documents” on May 17, 2012.

The TIPO published an advance announcement of the draft of “Regulations for Governing the Foreign Language Documents” on May 17, 2012.

According to Article 145 of the draft amendment to the Patent Act passed by the Legislative Yuan on November 29, 2011, the competent authority shall promulgate regulations governing the limitation of the foreign language documents submitted in accordance with Paragraph 3 of Article 25, Paragraph 3 of Article 106, and Paragraph 3 of Article 125. […]

Geneva Seminar on the Madrid System

Geneva Seminar on the Madrid System

Geneva Seminar on the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks, June 21 and 22, 2012 Dear Users of the Madrid System, We are pleased to inform you that the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is organizing a Seminar on the Madrid System for the International Registration of Marks, at WIPO Headquarters, in Geneva, […]