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业界新闻:

新修改的《中华人民共和国专利法将于明年61日正式实施

New Patent Law Revision Coming into Force on June 1, 2020

1017日,十三届全国人大常委会第二十二次会议表决通过了关于修改《中华人民共和国专利法》的决定。中国国家主席习近平签署第55号主席令予以公布。新修改的专利法将于202161日正式实施。

此次专利法修改主要包括三方面的重点内容。一是加强对专利权人合法权益的保护,包括加大对侵犯专利权的赔偿力度,对故意侵权行为规定一到五倍的惩罚性赔偿,将法定赔偿额上限提高到五百万元,完善举证责任,完善专利行政保护,新增诚实信用原则,新增专利权期限补偿制度和药品专利纠纷早期解决程序有关条款等。二是促进专利实施和运用,包括完善职务发明制度,新增专利开放许可制度,加强专利转化服务等。三是完善专利授权制度,包括进一步完善外观设计保护相关制度,增加新颖性宽限期的适用情形,完善专利权评价报告制度等。

On October 17, the decision on amending the Patent Law of the P.R.C. of China was voted and passed at the 22nd Standing Committee Meeting of the 13th National People's Congress. The newly revised Patent Law will come into force on June 1, 2021.

This revision of the Patent Law mainly includes three key areas:

First, to strengthen the protection of the legitimate rights and the interests of patentees, which includes increasing patent infringement indemnity, such as one to five times of punitive damages for deliberate infringements, as well as raising the statutory compensation limit to five million yuan; the improvement in provisions concerning burden of proof and the administrative protection for patent; the addition of provisions concerning principle of good faith, the patent right period compensation system and the early settlement procedures for drug patent disputes, etc.

Second, to facilitate the implementation and application of patents, including improving the service invention system, adding a new patent open licensing system, and strengthening patent conversion services.

Third, to improve the patent authorization system, including further improving the system for industrial design protection, extending the grace period for the application of the novelty, and perfecting the patent right evaluation reporting.

(来源:中国国家知识产权战略网)

Source: www.nipso.cn

中欧两局专利合作条约国际检索单位试点项目联合公报

China-EU Patent Offices PCT Pilot Program Will Commence in December

中国国家知识产权局和欧洲专利局将启动为期两年的试点项目。根据该项目,中华人民共和国的国民和居民按照专利合作条约(PCT)以英文提交的国际申请将可以选择欧洲专利局作为国际检索单位。

The China National IP Administration (CNIPA) and the European Patent Office (EPO) will launch a two-year pilot project, under which the nationals and residents of China will be able to choose the EPO as the international search authority for international applications filed in English under the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT).

该试点项目将于121日启动,针对向中国国家知识产权局或世界知识产权组织国际局作为受理局提交的PCT申请,且第一年的最高申请总量为2500件,第二年为3000件。

The pilot will be launched on this December 1. The number of PCT applications submitted to the CNIPA or the WIPO as the receiving offices will be capped at the maximum amount of 2,500 in the first year and 3,000 in the next year.

(来源:中国国家知识产权局网站)

Source: www.CNIPA.gov.cn

中沙(特)专利审查高速路(PPH)试点将于2020111日启动

China-Saudi PPH Pilot Project Launched in November

据《中国国家知识产权局与沙特知识产权局的专利审查高速路项目》合作协议,中国国家知识产权局(CNIPA)与沙特知识产权局(SAIP)专利审查高速路(PPH)试点将于2020111日启动,为期三年,至20231031日止。

中沙PPH试点启动以后,SAIP申请人可以按照《在中沙专利审查高速路(PPH)试点项目下向中国国家知识产权局(CNIPA)提出PPH请求的流程》向CNIPA提出PPH请求;CNIPA申请人可以按照《在专利审查高速路试点项目下向沙特知识产权局(SAIP)提出请求的流程》向SAIP提出PPH请求。

According to the “Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) Project Agreement between the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and the Saudi Intellectual Property Office (SAIP)”, the CNIPA and SAIP kicked off the pilot PPH project on November 1, 2020, which will for three years, expiring on October 31, 2023.

Under the pilot project, SAIP applicants can submit the PPH request to CNIPA according to the "Procedure for Submitting a PPH Request to the CNIPA under the China-Saudi PPH Pilot Project"; and CNIPA applicants can submit the PPH request to SAIP in accordance with the "Process for Submitting a PPH Request to the SAIP under the China-Saudi PPH Pilot Project".

(来源:中国国家知识产权局网站)

Source: www.cnipa.gov.cn

经典案例:

集佳代理圣象集团,在相同类似商品的保护上首获司法认定驰名商标

Unitalen Client Dekor Group Won the Well-known Trademark Administrative Litigation of First Instance Concerning Invalidation of a 5-Year-Old Trademark

近日,集佳律所代理圣象集团有限公司,就第19木地板上注册的济象商标(诉争商标)无效宣告行政诉讼案件,在北京知识产权法院获得胜诉判决。

Recently, Unitalen helped our client Dekor won an administrative litigation case before the Beijing IP Court, concerning the invalidation of the "济象" (pronounced as “Jixiang”) trademark (the "disputed trademark") registered in Class 19 for "wood floor" goods.

基本案情:

Case Summary

圣象集团是圣象商标及字号的在先权利人,在第19地板等商品上享有圣象系列注册商标专用权。原告圣象品牌自2005年至今多次被认定为中国驰名商标。

Dekor Group, the plaintiff, is the prior right holder of 圣象”(pronounced as “Shengxiang”) as both trademark and business name, and enjoys the exclusive right to use the registered trademark in Class 19 for "flooring" goods. Their "圣象" brand has been recognized as a well-known trademark in China many times since 2005.

本案第19济象诉争商标,于2010513日申请在木材,胶合板,铺地木材,贴面板,三合板,地板,建筑用木浆板,纤维板,树脂复合板,木地板等商品上,2011514日核准注册。该商标的注册人在实际使用中先是通过变更企业经营范围添加木地板品项、后又通过当地登记的带有圣象企业字号的关联公司开展实际商标侵权行为。

The disputed trademark also registered in Class 19 in this case was filed on May 13, 2010 for wood, plywood, floor wood, veneer, plywood, flooring, wood pulp board for construction, fiberboard, resin composite board, wood floor” and other goods, and approved for registration on May 14, 2011. The registrant of the disputed trademark first added the "wood floor" item by changing the business scope of the company, and then carried out trademark infringement through the locally registered affiliated company with business name as "圣象" (“Shengxiang”).

201975日,圣象集团向国家知识产权局针对诉争商标提起商标无效宣告请求,国家知识产权局于2020530日裁定维持诉争商标的注册。圣象集团委托集佳律所就该案件提起无效宣告行政诉讼。

In July 2019, Dekor Group filed a trademark invalidation request against the disputed trademark with the Trademark Office, which, however, was ruled to maintain the registration of the disputed trademark on May 30. Dekor Group thus entrusted Unitalen to the administrative lawsuit for invalidation of the case.

法院认定:

Court’s Ruling

本案合议庭在本案中支持了我方基于2001《商标法》第十三条第二款和第四十一条第二款的主张,认为:

The collegiate panel supported Dekor’s proposition based on the second paragraph of Article 13 and the second paragraph of Article 41 of the 2001 Trademark Law and held that:

  1. 圣象集团成立于2002年,经过圣象木地板的持续使用、所获荣誉,能够认定圣象商标通过长期、广泛宣传使用达到驰名之事实状态,进而证明在2010年诉争商标申请日前,圣象已经构成使用在地板、木地板商品上的驰名商标;

1. The Dekor Group was established in 2002. After the continuous use of the 圣象" wooden floor and the publicity it has obtained, the "圣象" trademark has constituted well-known trademark for use on “flooring, wood floor” goods prior to the application for the registration of the disputed trademark in 2010.

  1. 虽然诉争商标的注册时间已经超过五年,但是诉争商标注册人及其关联公司作为同行业经营者,通过其在实际使用中的生产、销售情况,以及关联的商标民事侵权案件,能够判断诉争商标注册人的注册行为属于恶意注册

2. Although the disputed trademark has been registered for more than five years, its registration can be considered as the act out of “bad faith” through the actual use in production and sales, as well as the related trademark infringement cases conducted by the registrant of the disputed trademark and its affiliated companies, as the operators in the same industry.

  1. 诉争商标核定注册的第19地板,木地板等商品和引证商标圣象核准使用的商品重合,将诉争商标注册及使用在这些商品上容易误导相关公众,致使该驰名商标注册人的利益可能受到损害。

3. The "flooring, wood floor" and other goods approved for use by the disputed trademark has overlapped with the goods approved for use by the plaintiff’s cited trademark. The registration and use of the disputed trademark on these goods can easily mislead the relevant public and cause harm on the interests of the well-known trademark registrant.

综上,法院认定诉争商标在地板,木地板商品上申请注册损害了圣象驰名商标权利,违反了《商标法》第十三条二款之规定。

Therefore, the court found that the application for registration of the disputed trademark on the "flooring, wood floor" goods has infringed on the Dekor’s well-known trademark right in violation of the provisions of Paragraph 2 of Article 13, paragraph 2 of the Trademark Law.

典型意义:

本案是典型的民行交叉保护的商标案件,集佳律师在本案代理过程中,就恶意注册商标的,驰名商标所有人不受五年时间限制这个条款,不仅针对圣象商标已经构成驰名商标这个事实状态进行了充分举证,而且结合关联的商标民事侵权案件,就诉争商标注册人在实际使用中的恶意攀附行为进行了重点论述,基于最高人民法院在相关案例中明确的司法精神,北京知识产权法院在相同或类似商品上适用2001年《商标法》第十三条第二款的规定,最终成功迎来本案的一审胜诉。

Typical Significance

This case is a typical civil case for trademark cross protection. Unitalen lawyers have done sufficient proving in regard to the clause of "the owner of a well-known trademark is not subject to a five-year time limit for maliciously registered trademarks", which focused on demonstrating the fact that the plaintiff’s trademark has constituted well-known trademark and the malicious behavior of the registrant of the disputed trademark constituted in actual use. The Beijing IP Court of the first instance ruled the victory of this case, based on the judicial guidelines of the Supreme People’s Court in relevant cases, applying the provisions of Paragraph 2 Article 13 of the 2001 Trademark Law.

集佳新闻:

国家知识产权局专利局初审及流程管理部单留兵副部长一行莅临集佳调研指导工作

CNIPA Patent Preliminary Examination Officers Delegates Visited Unitalen

1010日上午,国家知识产权局专利局初审及流程管理部单留兵副部长一行莅临集佳考察调研,集佳李德山副所长、国际专利流程一部部长席兵等热情接待来宾并参加座谈,双方就专利申请与审查过程中的相关实务问题进行了深入交流。

单部长对集佳在专利流程管理方面的工作表示肯定,并就代理机构在使用专利电子申请系统、处理PCT申请、专利优先审查等业务中遇到的问题,征求了集佳相关工作人员的意见,集佳也提出了专利流程方面的多项需求和建议。单部长表示,代理机构的意见和建议将为改进初审及流程管理部的工作、为专利法实施细则及审查指南的修改和深化放管服改革提供有益参考。

In this October, a group of delegates led Shan Liubing, the Deputy Director of the Preliminary Examination and Process Management Department of the Patent Office of the CNIPA visited our firm. Li Deshan, our Chief VP and Xi Bing, the Head of our International Patent Process Department received the group.

Mr. Shan expressed appreciation to our patent process management work and collected the feedback from our attorneys in regard to patent electronic patent filing system, PCT application and prior examination practices. It’s mentioned by Mrs. Shan that the feedback from agencies will provide valuable reference for the office to improve their preliminary examination and process management work, as well as the implementation of the Patent Law.

集佳高级合伙人赵雷律师应邀出席并主持中国时尚产业知识产权大会

Unitalen Senior Partner Invited to Host China Fashion IP Conference and Appointed as Member of the Expert Advisory Committee

 1031日,由中华商标协会、中国服装设计师协会主办,中国时尚知识产权保护中心承办的中国时尚产业知识产权大会在北京召开,集佳高级合伙人赵雷律师受邀出席并担任大会主持人。

On October 31, the China Fashion Industry IP Conference co-hosted by the China Trademark Association and the China Fashion IP Protection Center of the China Fashion Designers Association was held in Beijing. Unitalen Senior Partner, Zhao Lei was invited to attend and act as the host of the conference.

此次大会正值中国时尚知识产权保护中心成立一周年之际,大会对保护中心的工作成果进行了分享,并发布了保护中心未来发展规划。来自国内外知名时尚集团、头部线上线下平台、权威知识产权维权律所、资深媒体人等共30多位重量级嘉宾、150多位时尚行业人士汇聚一堂,通过主题分享、“IP等多个环节,分享了在时尚产业知识产权保护方面的经验与体会,对原创时尚品牌如何用好知识产权武器提升市场竞争力,以及如何通过构建完善的知识产权体系减少贸易摩擦等议题进行了深入交流与深刻探讨。

This conference coincided with the first anniversary of the establishment of the China Fashion IP Protection Center. The conference shared the work results of the center and released the future development plan. More than 30 prominent guests of fashion groups, leading online and offline platforms, IP law firms and media from home and abroad, plus more than 150 fashion industry professionals gathered together to share their eexperience in the protection of IP rights in fashion industry, and conduct in-depth discussion on how original fashion brands can make good use of IP to enhance their market competitiveness, as well as how to reduce trade frictions by building a cohesive IP system.

 本次大会宣布了中国时尚产业知识产权保护中心工作委员会的成立,赵雷律师代表集佳领取了中国时尚知识产权保护中心专家咨询委员会委员单位聘书。

It’s also announced at the conference the establishment of the Working Committee of the China Fashion Industry IP Protection Center. Mr. Zhao Lei, on behalf of Unitalen, received the letter of appointment as the member of the Expert Advisory Committee.

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