On 15 December 2020, the National Expert Training Course for Trademark Examination and Review was held in Guiyang. He Zhimin, deputy director of the China National Intellectual Property Administration(CNIPA), attended the course, emphasizing that: in 2021, CNIPA will further intensify its efforts to crack down on bad faith trademark registrations.
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On December 14, 2020, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the first batch of intellectual property administrative enforcement guiding cases (Guiding Cases No.1 to No.5), aiming to unify law enforcement standards, improve case handling level, and guide the work of intellectual property administrative enforcement.
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2020年11月16日、最高人民法院は、「最高人民法院による知的財産権の民事訴訟の証拠に関する若干の規定」(以下「規定」と称する)を公布した。該司法解釈は計33条あり、2020年11月18日にすでに施行されている。全体的に見て、「規定」は、知的財産権の裁判の実務に立脚した上で、証拠提出、証拠妨害、証拠保全及び司法鑑定、証拠検証及び認定、損害賠償等の重要な制度をさらに改善することで、権利者の立証の負担を適度に減らし、知的財産権の権利者の訴訟における「立証の困難性」、「権利行使のコスト高」等の問題を確実に解決するもので、知的財産権に対する司法の保護の強化にとって、積極的な意義を有する。ここでは、「規定」の主な内容を以下のとおり分析する。
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On 11 November 2020, lawmakers at the 23rd session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee deliberated and voted to adopt the Decision on Revising the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China, marking the completion of the decade-long third amendment to the Copyright Law (hereinafter referred to as the “Amendment”). The newly amended Copyright Law (hereinafter referred to as the “2020 Copyright Law”) consists of 67 articles in six chapters, and shall come into force as of 1 June 2021.
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2020年11月11日に第13次全国人民代表大会常務委員会第23回会議で「中華人民共和国著作権法」改正が可決され、十年に渡った著作権法第三次改正(以下は「本改正」と称する)が終了した。新たに可決された「著作権法」(以下は「2020年「著作権法」と称する」)は計6章67条からなり、2021年6月1日より施行される。
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On November 16, 2020, the Supreme People’s Court (“SPC”) released Several Provisions of Supreme People’s Court on Evidence in Intellectual Property Civil Litigation (“Provisions”). The Provision consists of 33 Articles and has gone into effect on November 18, 2020. On the whole, the Provision is a summary of intellectual property judicial practice, perfecting regulations in relation to evidence submission and obstruction, evidence preservation and forensic appraisal, evidence cross-examination and recognition, damage compensation, etc., so as to appropriately reduce the burden of proof by right holders and effectively resolve problems of “difficulty in adducing evidence” and “high enforcement cost” encountered by intellectual property rights holders in civil litigations. Thus, it is of positive significance to strengthen judicial protection for intellectual property rights. The main contents of the Provision are analyzed as follows.
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In the top 10 patent reexamination & invalidation cases of 2019 announced by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), five are related to mechanical technologies.  According to the CNIPA, these cases were selected for their guiding value in certain topics typical for patent examination, as well as the considerable social attention focused on them.  The opinions reflected in the Decisions of these cases would undoubtedly impose great influence on the practices of both substantial examination and invalidation, and can be cited as supporting reference or evidence to benefit similar cases.  Therefore, we summarize below the case brief and introduce the focuses of the five invalidation cases of mechanical invention.
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