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Newsletter: Chinese IP Information

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  • Trademark Examination: Adhere to Stability and Make Progress to Realize Quality Improvement and Efficiency
  • WeChat and International Trademark Association Work Together to Fight Against Infringement and Counterfeiting
  • National Courts Handled 38 Cases of Disputes Involving New Plant Varieties in 2019
  • English Version “Patent Information Related to COVID-19” Online Platform

Trademark Examination: Adhere to Stability and Make Progress to Realize Quality Improvement and Efficiency

At the 2020 Trademark Examination Conference of the State Intellectual Property Office Trademark Office (hereinafter referred to as the Trademark Office) held recently, a set of data released was quite noticeable: China’s trademark examination volume in 2019 was 8.253 million, an increase of 2.62% year-on-year; the qualified rate of sampling inspection for trademark registration substantive examination is 96.08%, which is higher than 95.77% in 2018; the average examination period for trademark registration is reduced to 4.5 months, and the efficiency and quality of trademark examination are steadily improved. The trademark examination cycle was further shortened, the trademark review quality management system was continuously improved, and efforts to combat trademark hoarding and malicious registration continued to increase.

The number of trademark registration applications in my country reached 7.837 million in 2019, an increase of 6.33% year-on-year. In order to promote the steady improvement of the quality of trademark examinations, the Trademark Office and local trademark examination cooperation centers have established and improved examination management systems, such as examination task assignment mechanism, examination authority management, special sampling, cross-sampling, legality examination, etc., and comprehensively strengthened the examination quality. Supervision; standardize examination standards, strengthen unified implementation, and the objection and review departments continue to improve the quality of case review through the improvement of the three-level collegiate system; strengthen review capacity building.

The Trademark Office's Examination Affairs Department insists that it is the clear leader of the same or highly similar trademarks of the same batch to ensure the consistency of examination standards. The Guangzhou Trademark Examination Collaboration Center adopts the self-inspection model of “100% of the examination department + 30% of the quality control department + directional sampling” to increase the proportion of self-inspection and achieve full business coverage. The Shanghai Trademark Examination Collaboration Center has conducted in-depth research on trademark examination standards, promoted the establishment of a banned vocabulary, actively played the role of special groups such as non-standard goods and coexistence groups, regularly organized special business learning exchanges, and comprehensively improved the level of trademark examination. The Chongqing Trademark Examination Collaboration Center cooperated with the Trademark Office to complete an intelligent search system for graphic trademark examinations, and independently developed an inquiry system for similar trademark service items, which effectively improved the level of trademark examination intelligence. The Jinan Trademark Examination Collaboration Center conducted graded management and practical evaluation of the examiners, achieving a “zero” record of major examination quality problems since the listing operation. The Zhengzhou Trademark Examination Collaboration Center carried out the examination of all personnel's trial limits, and formulated relevant regulations on the examination and control of the review limits and the handling of trademarks that exceeded the limits of examination.

At the beginning of this year, the Trademark Office drafted the "Notice on Trademark Acceptance during the Prevention and Control of New Coronavirus Infection Pneumonia (Draft)". On February 10, the commodity application related to the prevention and control of the epidemic was published in the trademark online application system to facilitate Applicants applied online; issued the “Notice on Relevant Requirements for the Response of New Coronavirus Infection Pneumonia in Trademark Examination Work”, formulated guidelines for trademark examination related to epidemic prevention and control, and increased guidance for trademark examination related to epidemic situations; the issuance of the notice emphasized the emphasis on control and prudential examination, and increased the control of trademark registration applications related to the epidemic situation and prone to adverse effects. At the same time, establish a linkage mechanism for trademark examination, opposition, review and other procedures to unify the examination and examination standards for controlled trademarks.

2020 is the final year of the trademark registration facilitation reform. This year, we will continue to launch new measures to support economic development, and strictly and strictly crack down on the application of abnormal trademark registration related to the epidemic; continue to deepen the reform of trademark registration facilitation to ensure that the average review period for trademark registration is compressed to less than 4 months and go online trademark invalidation, opposition within the year, and cancellation of the three-year online application function of non-use of the application business, to realize the online application of the following nine international applications of Chinese applicants; continue to maintain a high-pressure situation against malicious registration, and issue operation guidelines to accelerate the implementation of trademark hoarding, the whole process of malicious registration is cracked down.

From CNIPA

2020.5.20

WeChat and International Trademark Association Work Together to Fight Against Infringement and Counterfeiting

In order to enhance the understanding and recognition of WeChat brand protection work by global brand rights holders, and maintain the legal rights and interests of the brand more efficiently, maintain close communication with brand rights holders during the global epidemic. The WeChat brand protection team works with the International Trademark Association (INTA) in the form of remote video, two training exchange meetings were held on May 13 and May 19, and more than 40 world brand rights owners participated in the meeting.

The WeChat brand protection team introduced the WeChat brand protection concepts, initiatives and achievements to the right holders, focusing on the operation mechanism and principles of the WeChat brand rights protection platform (BPP). In addition, it also introduced the recent protection progress, including the platform’s new linked account cracking capabilities, repeated infringement blocking strategies, and one-stop access to multi-scenario complaints, as well as the offline crackdowns that have been carried out with brand rights holders since last year. At the end of the meeting, the WeChat brand protection team responded to the concerns of brand rights holders regarding the counterfeiting of counterfeit goods in special categories, brand access guidelines, the ability to attack linked accounts, and offline cooperation routes.

The WeChat brand protection team is committed to combining the power of brand owners and users to combat the use of WeChat to issue counterfeit product information. It is the goal of the WeChat brand protection team to cooperate and co-govern with brand rights holders, jointly protect the legal rights and interests of brand rights holders and create a good social network environment. Up to now, there are more than 360 global well-known brand owners who have joined the WeChat brand rights protection platform.

From Huanqiu 2020.5.20

National Courts Handled 38 Cases of Disputes Involving New Plant Varieties in 2019

On May 8, the Supreme People's Court held a press conference in Beijing and released the 2019 China Environmental Resources Trial (White Paper), China Environmental Justice Development Report (Green Paper) and the People's Court Environmental Trial Typical Cases. The white paper shows that in 2019, the national courts further strengthened the protection of intellectual property rights such as new plant varieties, biological genetic resources and genes, accepted 38 disputes involving new plant varieties, and concluded 25 cases.

The white paper shows that in 2019, courts across the country accepted 39,957 first-instance criminal cases of various environmental resources, concluded 36,733 cases, sentenced 114,633 criminals, and the number of closed cases increased by 50.9% and 43.4% year-on-year respectively. It received 202,671 civil first-instance cases of various environmental resources and concluded 189,120 cases, up 5.6% and 3.5% year-on-year respectively. 47588 first-instance cases of various environmental resources were accepted, and 42078 were concluded, up 12.7% and 0.8% year-on-year respectively.

The white paper points out that in 2019, the People's Court will strengthen judicial protection of biodiversity, focusing on hearing cases of genetic (gene) diversity, species diversity, and ecosystem diversity, as well as biological (animal, plant, microbial) and their judicial protection of the owned genes and living environment, and strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights such as new plant varieties, biological genetic resources and genes.

In practice, the People’s Court emphasized that no unit or individual may produce or sell propagating materials of the authorized variety for commercial purposes without the permission of the owner of the variety right; at the same time, it also points out that the new plant variety right is a publicized right, the producers and operators at the same filed should pay corresponding attention, which has a positive significance for protecting and encouraging the cultivation and use of new plant varieties.

From PEOPLE.CN

2020.5.8

English Version “Patent Information Related to COVID-19” Online Platform

BEIJING, April 27 (Xinhua) -- China's National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) has launched an online platform to provide English patent information related to COVID-19 for scientists and the public.

The platform was jointly developed by the China Patent Information Center and the Patent Examination Cooperation (Beijing) Center, two bureaus under the NIPA. The English website of the platform is https://ncp.patentstar.cn/en/.

Website visitors can read more than 7,000 pieces of Chinese and foreign patent information related to epidemic prevention, mainly in the fields of drugs, diagnostic reagents, medical equipment, protective products, medical disinfectants, waste treatment, artificial intelligence and big data applications. Access to the website is free of charge.

It also offers scientists and research institutions data analysis reports about the latest patent achievements in COVID-19 research.

Since its launch last week, the Chinese and English versions of the platform have received more than 173,000 hits, with visitors from the Republic of Korea, the United States, Switzerland, Japan, the Netherlands and other countries and regions, a source of the NIPA said Monday.

From Xinhuanet

2020.5.3

  • 商标审查:坚持稳中求进实现提质增效
  • 微信与国际商标协会合力打击侵权造假
  • 2019年全国法院共受理涉植物新品种纠纷案38件
  • "防疫专利信息共享平台”英文版上线

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    1. 年全国法院共受理涉植物新品种纠纷案件38件

    商标审查:坚持稳中求进实现提质增效

在日前举办的国家知识产权局商标局(下称商标局)2020年商标审查工作会议上,公布的一组数据颇为引人注目:2019年我国商标审查量为825.3万件,同比增长2.62%;商标注册实质审查抽检合格率96.08%,高于2018年的95.77%;商标注册平均审查周期压缩到4.5个月,商标审查效率、质量稳步提升。商标审查周期进一步缩短,商标审查质量管理体系不断完善,打击商标囤积和恶意注册力度不断加大。

  2019年我国商标注册申请量达783.7万件,同比增长6.33%。为推动商标审查质量的稳步提升,商标局、各地商标审查协作中心建立健全审查管理制度,如审查工作任务分配机制、审查权限管理、专项抽检、交叉抽检、合法性审查等,全面加强对审查质量的监管;规范审查标准,加强统一执行,异议、评审部门通过完善三级合议制度,不断提高案件审查审理质量;加强审查能力建设。

  商标局审查事务部坚持,对同一批次的相同或高度近似商标明确牵头人,确保审查标准的一致性。广州商标审查协作中心采取“审查部门100%+质管部30%+定向抽检”的自检模式,提高自检比例,实现业务全覆盖。上海商标审查协作中心深入研究商标审查标准,推进中心禁用词库建设,积极发挥不规范商品及并存小组等专题小组作用,定期组织开展专题业务学习交流,全面提升商标审查水平。重庆商标审查协作中心配合商标局完成图形商标审查智能化检索系统,独立开发类似商标服务项目查询系统,有力提高了商标审查智能化水平。济南商标审查协作中心对审查员进行分级管理、实操点评,实现了自挂牌运行以来重大审查质量问题“零”记录。郑州商标审查协作中心开展全员审限检查,制定了审查审限管控工作和超审限商标处理相关规定,始终将审限管理作为依法规范开展审查的重中之重。

  今年年初,商标局起草了《关于新型冠状病毒感染肺炎疫情防控期间商标受理工作的通知(草案)》,210日在商标网上申请系统中公开了与疫情防控有关的商品项目,方便申请人进行网上申请;发布了《关于在商标审查工作中应对新型冠状病毒感染肺炎疫情相关要求的通知》,制定了疫情防控相关商标审查指导意见,加大对疫情相关商标审查工作指导力度;下发通知强调了重点把控和审慎审查,加大对与疫情有关且易产生不良影响的商标注册申请的管控力度。同时,建立商标审查、异议、评审等程序联动机制,统一对管控商标的审查审理标准。

2020年是商标注册便利化改革的收官之年。今年要继续推出新举措支持经济发展,依法从严从快打击与疫情相关的非正常商标注册申请行为;继续深化商标注册便利化改革,确保商标注册平均审查周期压缩至4个月以内,年内上线商标无效宣告、异议、撤销三年不使用申请业务的网上办理功能,实现我国申请人国际后续九项业务的网上申请;继续保持打击恶意注册的高压态势,出台操作指南,加快实现对商标囤积、恶意注册行为全流程打击。

摘自CNIPA

2020520

微信与国际商标协会合力打击侵权造假

为增进全球品牌权利人对微信品牌保护工作的了解和认可,更高效地维护品牌合法权益,在全球战疫的时期保持与品牌权利人密切沟通,微信品牌保护团队与国际商标协会(INTA)共同通过远程视频的形式与协会成员先后于513日和519日开展了两场培训交流会,共有超过40家世界品牌权利人参与此次会议。

微信品牌保护团队向参会的权利人介绍微信品牌保护理念、举措和成果,重点介绍了微信品牌维权平台(BPP)的运作机制和原理。此外,还介绍了近期保护工作进展,包括平台新增的关联帐号打击能力、重复侵权阻隔策略以及多场景投诉一站式打通等平台新能力,以及介绍去年以来联手品牌权利人开展线下打击的案例。会议最后,微信品牌保护团队为品牌权利人针对特殊品类商品假货打击方案、品牌接入指引、关联帐号打击能力、线下打击合作路径等品牌权利人关心的问题给予了答复。

微信品牌保护团队致力于联合品牌权利人、用户的力量共同打击利用微信发布仿冒品信息的行为。与品牌权利人合作共治,共同保护品牌权利人合法权益及营造良好社交网络环境,是微信品牌保护团队的目标。截至目前,加入微信品牌维权平台的全球知名品牌权利人已有360余家。

摘自环球网

2020520

2019年全国法院共受理涉植物新品种纠纷案件38

58日,最高人民法院在京举办新闻发布会,发布了2019年度《中国环境资源审判》(白皮书)、《中国环境司法发展报告》(绿皮书)和人民法院环境审判典型案例。白皮书显示,2019年,全国法院进一步加强植物新品种、生物遗传资源和基因等知识产权保护,受理涉植物新品种纠纷案件38件,审结25件。

白皮书显示,2019年,全国法院受理各类环境资源刑事一审案件39957件,审结36733件,判处罪犯114633人,收结案数同比2018年分别上升50.9%43.4%。受理各类环境资源民事一审案件202671件,审结189120件,同比分别上升5.6%3.5%。受理各类环境资源行政一审案件47588件,审结42078件,同比分别上升12.7%0.8%

白皮书指出,2019年,人民法院加强生物多样性司法保护,重点审理遗传(基因)多样性保护案件、物种多样性保护案件和生态系统多样性保护案件,对生物(动物、植物、微生物)以及它们所拥有的基因和生存环境进行司法保护,加强植物新品种、生物遗传资源和基因等知识产权保护。

在实践中,人民法院强调任何单位或者个人未经品种权所有人许可,不得为商业目的生产或者销售该授权品种的繁殖材料;同时亦指出植物新品种权是一项公示的权利,作为同领域的生产经营者应当给予相应的关注,对于保护与鼓励培育使用植物新品种有积极意义。

摘自人民网

202058

“防疫专利信息共享平台”英文版上线

新华社北京427日电,中国国家知识产权局(CNIPA)已经启动了一个在线平台,为科学家和公众提供与COVID-19有关的英文专利信息。

该平台由国家专利局下属的两个局中国专利信息中心和专利审查合作(北京)中心共同开发。该平台的英文网站为https://ncp.patentstar.cn/en/

网站访问者可以阅读与防疫相关的7,000多项中外专利信息,这些信息主要涉及药物,诊断试剂,医疗设备,防护产品,医用消毒剂,废物处理,人工智能和大数据应用领域。它还为科学家和研究机构提供了有关COVID-19研究中最新专利成就的数据分析报告。

自启动一周的时间,该平台的中文和英文版本已获得173,000多次点击,分别来自韩国,美国,瑞士,日本,荷兰和其他国家和地区(CNIPA的来源)的访问。

摘自新华网

202053

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