Through comparative study with European and American practices, this part puts forward suggestions for improving the current examination standards for compound patents in China, especially the examination standards for inventiveness issue.
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Continue Reading 2019年度特許復審・無効十大審判事件(機械関連)紹介

At the end of the year 2019, the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China (“SPC”) made a retrial judgment on administrative dispute over the invalidation request against the renowned liquor brand “Jiang Xiao Bai”.
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On December 30, 2019, Guangzhou Tianhe District People’s Court issued a judgment granting trade dress protection for two iconic handbag series designed and sold by a famous luxury good company1.
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by Zhang Xiaoxia  KING & WOOD MALLESONS


On 27 February 2018, the General Office of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CCCPC) and the General Office of the State Council issued the Opinions on Several Issues Concerning Heightening Reform and Innovation in Intellectual Property Right Trial Field. The second part of Article 2 specifically stresses two points: “First, adhering to the value orientation that intellectual property rights create value, and right holders deserve interests in return. A judicial determination mechanism for damages, with compensation as the principal means and punishment as the supporting means, shall be established, and the problem of “low-value compensation” in action against infringements on intellectual property rights shall be resolved first. Second, tightening punishment for infringements on intellectual property rights and reducing enforcement costs.
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By Mia Qu, Hannah Sun and Wendy Dong King & Wood Mallesons’ Dispute Resolution group

qu_miaoTo protect your IP rights, sending potential infringers a Cease & Desist Letter or Warning Letter (the “Letter”) is one of the most common tools. Is it a necessary step before starting any legal proceedings in China?What legal consequences does it entail? Are there any issues that must be attended to? How effective is the Letter? This article will try to project a bird’s eye view regarding everything you should know before sending the Letter to your potential infringers.

Purpose of Sending the Letter

Sending the Letter is not a condition precedent for the right holder to initiate legal actions in China. The purpose of sending the Letter includes:
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by Li Zhongsheng, King & Wood Mallesons’ IP group

li_zhongshengOn behalf of Qualcomm Incorporated, King & Wood Mallesons (“KWM”) recently asserted several standard essential patents (SEPs) against Meizu, a Zhuhai-based handset manufacturer. Meizu concluded a license agreement with Qualcomm on fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms, in settlement of the royalty dispute after it was threatened with an injunction.. Article 24 of the Supreme People’s Court Interpretation of Issues of Application of Laws in the Handling of Patent Infringement Disputes (II) (“Judicial Interpretation II”) was the legal basis on which Qualcomm accused Meizu of patent infringement. This essay is a preliminary consideration of that article.

Article 24 of Judicial Interpretation II (“Article 24”) consists of four paragraphs.
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By Joshua Fisher and Michael Swinson  King & Wood Mallesons’ Melbourne office.

捕获The “internet of things” or “IoT” may be the defining technology buzzword of our age. Certainly just about every technologist is busy explaining how the IoT will revolutionise the ways in which businesses work and societies function.

Yet, as IoT systems and devices proliferate, so do the security implications. While many benefits of the IoT can only be realised by expanding the ecosystem of interconnected IoT devices, this can also be one of its greatest flaws; networks are only secure as their weakest link.

Many readers will already be familiar with some of the more famous examples of IoT vulnerability, such as the demonstration at the 2015 Black Hat of taking control (remotely) of a Jeep Cherokee travelling at over 110kph or the recent incident when IoT-connected CCTV video cameras and DVR players were used to facilitate one of the largest internet denial of service attacks in history. However, despite the high level of awareness of these security issues, industry is yet to take a coordinated approach to dealing with these matters.
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