According to pertinent provisions of the Chinese Patent Law, where any entity or individual thinks the grant of a Chinese patent right fails to comply with provisions since the date of grant and announcement of the patent, it or he may request Reexamination and Invalidation Examination Department of China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) to declare the patent right invalid.
Continue Reading Brief introduction of prioritized examination of patent invalidation proceedings in China

On April 28, 2020, the Supreme People’s Court issued the Provisions on Several Issues Concerning the Trial of Administrative Cases Involving Granting and Confirmation of Patent Rights (I) for public comment by June 15, 2020.  This version is the version that the Supreme People’s Court reissued after the old version issued in June 2018.  This article highlights the articles in this version of the revised draft that have caused widespread concern as follows.
Continue Reading Supreme People’s Court Provisions on Several Issues Concerning the Trial of Administrative Cases Involving Granting and Confirmation of Patent Rights (I) (Draft for Comment)

By Jing Xu, Chao Zhang King & Wood Mallesons’ Intellectual Property Group

On December 10, 2019, the IP Tribunal of Supreme People’s Court of China (“the Court”) announced the final judgement for the appellate case with respect to patent infringement dispute between the appellant Company A and the appellee Company B.
Continue Reading The IP Tribunal of Supreme People’s Court of China finds direct infringement for the manufacturer of products implementing the patented method in the fields of network and communication

by Zhang Xiaoxia  KING & WOOD MALLESONS

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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 Song Xinyue and Ge Min, IP Litigation, Beijing

Allocation of burden of proof is an area of great concern in a process patent infringement dispute.  In practice, the accused infringing process is usually strictly controlled by the accused infringer and hard to approach, which poses great challenges for a patentee of a process patent to produce evidence and enforce its legitimate right.  Fortunately, a patentee of a process patent for manufacturing a new product doesn’t have to bother with producing evidence showing the defendant’s infringement, as the Patent Law and the Rules of Evidences in Civil Procedures both set forth that the accused infringer shall furnish proof to show that the process used in the manufacturing of its products is different from the patented process as long as the patentee can prove that the process patent directs to a new product and that the accused infringer have made identical products.  However, a patentee holding a process patent for manufacturing a known (not new) product will not be so lucky. 
Continue Reading Invocation of Presumptions and Burden of Proof in Patent Disputes over Manufacturing Processes

By Shi Bisheng, Guan Xiangyu,King & Wood Mallesons’ IP group

In October 2017, the China Food and Drug Administration (“CFDA”) released a series of documents regarding reform of China’s drug administration system. The aim – more access to cutting-edge pharmaceuticals at a lower cost. This new patent linkage system (“PLS”) is discussed in the following two important documents:
Continue Reading How to Rise Up to Challenges under Accelerated Enforcement of Patent Linkage

By Ni Zhenhua King & Wood Mallesons’ IP group

The Chinese patent litigation market is currently booming, with one key driver behind this boom being that many foreign entities and multinational companies are now pursuing enforcement of their patents in China because of a perception that the Chinese government has created an increasingly attractive environment for patent enforcement, as symbolized by, among others steps taken, the recent establishment of specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou.  These entities/companies, though increasingly enthusiastic and optimistic about patent enforcement in China, are generally not familiar with the Chinese legal system and may have concerns about local protectionism and uneven application of the law.  In this article I would like to share a list of those questions most frequently asked by our clients in relation to patent litigation in China, and provide some basic and preliminary answers thereto.


Continue Reading Most Frequently Asked Questions about Patent Litigation in China

By Xu Jing King & Wood Mallesons’ IP group.

01The specific measures established in this case provide a guiding standard to determine essential factors of irreparable damage to a patented design. This case serves as guidance and reference for handling other similar cases.
Continue Reading Christian Louboutin’s fight against counterfeits of their lipsticks in China

By King & Wood Mallesons

20 May 2017, King & Wood Mallesons (KWM) was ranked as a Tier 1 law firm in both Patent and Trademark/Copyright in the Asian Legal Business (ALB) 2017 IP Rankings for the third consecutive year. Taking account of factors including volume, complexity and size of work undertaken, clients, team, and the firm’s year-on-year development and growth momentum, ALB concluded the final rankings in the two categories of patent and trademark/copyright. KWM’s IP team strengthens its leading position in both contentious and non-contentious by this ranking, with outstanding and first-class expertise and reputation among clients.
Continue Reading King & Wood Mallesons Continuously Tops ALB 2017 IP Rankings in the Third Year

By Jeffrey Thurnau ( Assistant General Counsel for IP, Gates Corporation, USA) & Mia Qu (Partner, King & Wood Mallesons, Shanghai, PRC)

The intellectual property rights (IPR) protection of China has become a worldwide hot topic. China, as a manufacturing giant, will inevitably become a country with a large number of intellectual property related disputes related to manufacturing in transnational corporations (TNCs). Patent litigation is increasingly common in China. According to recent statistics, the number of intellectual property litigation cases in 2014 is about 133863, among which the number of patent litigation cases is about 10187. The authors of this paper participated in a patent litigation case in China through judgment as the Defendant and directly experienced patent litigation’s procedure and features in China. This paper intends to share with readers the authors’ observations and insights based on their personal experiences and will perhaps serve to address some of the concerns associated with patent litigation in China. This paper also provides some comparisons with United States (“U.S.”) practice.
Continue Reading Experience: A Patent Infringement Litigation in China