Laos Recognizes Patent Examination Results Made by China
The National IP Administration of China (CNIPA) issued the Announcement No. 307, formally announcing that as of April 29, 2019, patent applicants who own valid Chinese patents may request accelerated decisions on patents in Laos for patent applications which they have filed with the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP), Ministry of Science and Technology of Lao People's Democratic Republic under the cooperation between CNIPA and DIP.
Applicants may file the request before the grant of the Lao patent application and after the grant of the Chinese patent, preferably after the expiration of a 32 month period starting from the filing date (priority date prevails if exists), otherwise, the documents submitted will be treated as the copy of the report on search or examination by another authority provided in Article 41 of the Law of Intellectual Property of Laos.
Another requirement goes with the protection scope where the Chinese patent and the Lao patent application are related and the claims of the Lao application are the same as one or more claims in the corresponding Chinese patent application granted by the CNIPA.
Once the request is approved, the DIP will grant the patent under the Cooperation for facilitating Patent Grant of Laos-related patent application as soon as possible without written notification to the applicant.
China edged into top 20 for the first time at Global Innovation Index 2018 rankings as showed by Global Innovation Index 2018 by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). World Bank also marked China 3rd among the Economies with the Most Notable Improvement and topped the East Asia and Pacific region in Doing Business 2019.
Regarding IPR protection, China has a unique system combining administrative law enforcement and judicial protection.
In 2018, both routes have been significantly enhanced: the administrative law enforcers nationwide investigated and handled 215,000 cases about IPR infringement and counterfeiting, among which 77,000 were patent infringement cases, 31,000 were trademark-related violation cases and over 2,500 were about copyright infringement and piracy cases. The Customs system investigated and confiscated 47,200 batches of exported and imported IPR infringing goods in total, containing 24.8 million worth of IPR infringing goods. The public security authorities cracked over 19,000 cases of IPR infringement and counterfeiting. The procurators approved the arrest of 5,627 persons involved in 3,306 criminal cases of IPR infringement. The number of concluded cases at the courts nationwide hits 320,000, up 41.6% compared with the previous year.
Data from the Ministry of Commerce show that China's intellectual property-intensive services registered high growth in exports during the first quarter of 2019. This reflects improved competitiveness in the service industry and high quality of trade in services. During the time, Chinese companies obtained service outsourcing contracts worth 289.22 billion yuan ($42.03 billion), up 4.4 percent year-on-year, and foreign trade in cultural products reached $19.69 billion, up 7%.
China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) has launched a big data platform to help the country's judges handle cases related to intellectual property rights (IPR), the first of its kind targeting a specific area of ruling launched by the SPC.
The database provides judges with free content including relevant laws, cases, rulings, opinions and books that are needed in handling IPR-related cases.
With 1.1 million items of data and an IPR knowledge atlas, the database offers smarter and more precise search services.
In the first quarter of this year, the customs nationwide seized 4,612 batches of IPR-infringing goods for import and export, up 49% year on year; 16.54 million items of such goods were detained, valued at 41.05 million yuan. Among the goods seized, 4,323 batches were delivered via post, accounting for 93.7% of the total.
In Q1, the General Administration of Customs approved 2,714 applications for registration of customs IPR protection, up 11.3% year on year.
According to a report by IPlytics, an authorized patent data company, Chinese companies topped the list for most 5G Standards-Essential Patents (SEP) applications in communication systems by the end of April, 2019 accounting for 34% of the world's total.
Chinese tech giant Huawei has taken a leading role by owning 15% of SEP patents, according to the report Who Is Leading the 5G Patent Race?
Three industrial leaders from China were included in the top 10 list of 5G SEP family owners, with Huawei taking the crown, and ZET Corp and China Academy of Telecommunications Technology grabbing fifth and ninth places, respectively.
Different from 3G and 4G technologies, 5G technology will impact various industries and stimulate the emergence of many new products, services and industries.
The automotive sector will most likely be one of the first industries to rely on 5G, connecting vehicles to other vehicles, roadsides, traffic lights, buildings and the internet to process data across cars or in the cloud, according to the report.
As 5G technology has integrated various industries and technologies, the number of 5G Standards-Essential Patents applications surged to more than 60,000 globally by the end of April, the report said.