(By You Yunting) In our previous post, we introduced that Graphical user interface (the “GUI”) for software has not been protected in China. However, State Intellectual Property Office (the “SIPO”) suggested protecting the GUI in the latest Draft Revision of the Patent Examination Guidelines (the “Draft Revision”) on October 22, 2013. Recently, in the publication of the Decision of SIPO on Amending the Patent Examination Guidelines, It is the GUI that is protected by the Patent Law as of May 1, 2014.
(By Luo Yanjie) Abstract: After the official publication of an application for a patent of invention, the applicant may demand the entity or individual exploiting that invention to pay an appropriate fee, but is not entitled to prevent others from using the patent. After grant of patent rights by the patent office, the applicant has no right of demanding the subsequent entity or individual to pay an appropriate fee. In today’s post, our case is involved in the 2011 Min Ti Zi No. 259 Civil Judgment of the Supreme People’s Court’s
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On June 30, 2003, the Plaintiff FIAT AUTO S.P.A (“FIAT”) applied for a design patent named “automobile” with the State Intellectual Property Organization (the “SIPO”). That application was approved on May 19, 2004 with patent number ZL03353217.6 (the “Patent”).
In November 2006 and April 2007, Great Wall Motor Company Limited (GWM) exhibited its vehicle, the “GreatWall Jingling” in the Beijing Auto Show and Shanghai Auto Show. FIAT alleged that the vehicle exhibited by GWM infringed upon its patented design, and subsequently filed a lawsuit in the Shijiazhuang Intermediate People’s Court, demanding an apology and compensation.
By Albert Chen
The Voice of Holland produced by Telpa Distribution (the “Telpa”) has gained a great success soon after its publication, and then the program format was it was licensed to many countries so we can see The Voice of US, The Voice of Australia and other series programs. With the show introduced by Zhejiang TV and Canxing Company to China, The Voice series also gets to be well-known among the local public and gains a success too.
The most highlight of The Voice is its program format, and unlike other equivalents, the judge of The Voice could not see the participants until they press the button to turn to the singer, which also means they admire the performance by the participant who shall thereby have the chance to choose one of the judges to be his/her mentor on the singing. Such a show mode is refreshing to the local audiences who have been bored with the past talent shows.