The purpose of this guide is to serve as a repository of timely reference information for users of China’s trademark and patent systems. China: Managing the IP Lifecycle has been a joint effort between sister titles IAM and World Trademark Review since its launch in 2014.
China has pushed through a raft of IP system reforms over the past couple of years, partially in response to trade talks with the United States. This has meant big changes in areas including life sciences, where a patent linkage system and patent term extensions are coming online. China’s patent examinations have also been updated, and one chapter in this guide details how novelty examination for compounds works under the new rules. Damages standards have also been updated recently, and another section of this guide is dedicated to explaining how punitive awards are doled out in patent and trademark disputes.
Throughout China: Managing the IP Lifecycle, contributors provide valuable updates on a range of trademark and patent topics from every stage of the IP lifecycle in China – creation, filing, prosecution, litigation and commercialisation. Each chapter is commissioned and written with a single goal in mind: providing in-house counsel with actionable insights that help them better protect their IP assets in this challenging market. Of course, the resulting guide is also an invaluable reference for private practice lawyers, service providers and anyone else engaged in the business of intellectual property.
We have engaged some of China’s most well-regarded law firms and patent and trademark agencies to prepare the analyses that follow. These reports cover the topics that are generating the most queries and interest among their clients, and should be highly relevant to the day-to-day business needs of IP executives. We hope that China: Managing the IP Lifecycle is a useful reference in the year to come and serves as a starting point for important discussions within your business.