China Protects the Graphic User Interface for Software as of May 1, 2014

(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.

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SINO-RUSSIA PPH Has Started from 1st July

By Huang Mengren

The SINO-RUSSIA PPH program will start from this 1st July, this program is similar to those of SINO-USA and SINO-JAPAN. And the following is our past essay on the PPH program between China and other countries.

The Patent Prosecution Highway is Piloting in China

—introduction on PPH programs between China and USA, Japan

Recently, China government has speeded up the process of international patent cooperation. Currently, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program between China and several other countries has started or prepared to start. Among the cooperations, the Sino-Japan PPH is piloting from 1st November, 2011, the Sino-America PPH will be carried out on 1st December, 2011, and Sino-Korea program will start from March, 2012.

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To Accelerate Overseas Patent Layout by PPH System

By the news released on the website of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the PPH respectively between China and Japan, USA, Germany, South Korea has been launched for a test run of 1 year.

Then what is PPH? What benefit may company gain from it in the patent layout? DeBund Law Offices, the mother institution of our website, is qualified as the patent agency institution. Today, we invite Mr. Gao Shaoyi, who once worked in Huawei as the patent engineer to share us his understanding on the PPH sysem.

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How to Label Patent Mark Correctly in China?

In Recent, State Intellectual Property Office of China (“SIPO”) issued its No.63 order for the promulgation of Measures on the Labeling of the Patent Marks (the “Measures”) on its website, the Measures modifies the past Provisions on the Methods for Labeling the Patent Marks and Patent Numbers (the “Provisions”) and will come into effect from 1st May of 2012. (the image is the certificate of patent in China)

Today, we will introduce you how to label your patent marks in China under the new Measures, and its new provisions.

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WIPO: ZTE and HUAWEI of China Rank First and Third in PCT Application of 2011

By the news of 6th March, WIPO released the statistics on the PCT application in 2011 global wide, among which ZTE Corporation of China with 2,826 published applications overtook Panasonic Corporation of Japan (2,463) as the top PCT applicant in 2011. Huawei Technologies, Co. of China (1,831) ranks third.

Despite difficult economic conditions, international patent filings under the WIPO-administered Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) set a new record in 2011 with 181,900 applications – a growth of 10.7% on 2010 and the fastest growth since 2005. China, Japan and the United States of America (US) accounted for 82% of the total growth. In 2011, the patent application in China saw a growth of 33.4 on 2011, the fastest growth among all, and totaled 16, 406; a growth of 8% in U.S.A totaled 48, 596 and a growth of 21% in Japan totaled 38, 888.

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SIPO: 172,113 Granted Invention Patent in China 2011

Recently, the State IP Office (“SIPO”) held a News Conference, on which Mr. Gan Shaoning, the deputy director of the administration, announced China’s patent statistic of 2011 (the image above is the picture of the conference ). For your reference, Bridge IP Law Commentary translates the news on Gmw.cn (note: the link is in Chinese) as follows.

I. The Rank of Provinces, Cities and Enterprises on Patent Granting in China, 2011

There has granted 172,113 invention patent by the SIPO in 2011, up 27.4% year to year, among which, 112,347are granted to the inventors at home, namely 65.3% of the total, up 65.3% year to year.

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China and Germany lauch Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)

According to the report of People.com, the patent prosecution highway between China and Germany was started on 23rd, January, 2012. According to the Joint Statement by the Chinese Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) and the German Patent and Trademark Office (DPMA), the piloting items of the PPH only involve the regular PPH, excluding PCT-PPH in the Sino-Japan PPH and Sino-America PPH. The initial programme will run for two years and ends on 22nd January, 2014, subject to the renewal. Thus Germany has been the third main trade partner of China after Japan and America cooperating in PPH.

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The Patent Prosecution Highway is Piloting in China

—introduction on PPH programs between China and USA, Japan

Recently, China government has speeded up the process of international patent cooperation. Currently, the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Program between China and several other countries has started or prepared to start. Among the cooperations, the Sino-Japan PPH is piloting from 1st November, 2011, the Sino-America PPH will be carried out on 1st December, 2011, and Sino-Korea program will start from March, 2012.

PPH allows applicants to obtain corresponding patents faster and more efficiently, avoids unnecessary repeated works of the OSF, simplifies the prosecution procedure and benefits the applicant as well as the industry. PPH was first tried out by and between U.S.A and Japan in 2006, and officially operated from 2008. So far, South Korea and some European countries have participated in the program.

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