The much awaited patent application list for 2014 has been released and China is again in poll position, the experts said the World’s second largest economy lacked competitive edge, but for the 4th consecutive year China is the highest recipient of requests for patents globally. Continue reading “Another Year on Top for China as the Highest Recipient of Patent Applications Globally” »
Intellectual property rights are by their nature territorially limited, which means that IPR within a country are independent of any such rights existing in other countries. If you register IP rights in Europe or elsewhere, this will not provide effective protection in Mainland China, or Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, which also require different registration procedures. Intellectual property rights are territorial due to the fact that they are offered and governed by each country’s own legislation.
Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba is back in the news this week, but with less fanfare than its biggest-IPO-in-history success story back in September. It has been criticised in a report from the State Administration of Industry & Commerce (SAIC) over hosting the sale of counterfeits, among other illegal trading issues. Data from the SAIC suggests 63% of listed brand goods on the site are not genuine – no insignificant number to be sure. This has kicked-off a battle between the SAIC and Alibaba, with counter-statements from the company and a number of accounts of alleged infringements emerging from both sides.
IP Key, a project of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM) and the European Patent Office (EPO), have launched the EU and China Law Database. It is an online database designed as a comprehensive resource of IP laws in Europe and China, containing over 1,600 documents (with ongoing updates).
So here is a concise rundown of the three types of patent available in China…