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Newsletter - December 2023 - English and Chinese

Unitalen Attorneys at Law China


业界新闻:

中国国务院关于修改《中华人民共和国专利法实施细则》的决定

Decision of the State Council on Amending the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China

中华人民共和国国务院令

Decree of the State Council of the People's Republic of China

769

(No.769)

中国国务院公布《国务院关于修改〈中华人民共和国专利法实施细则〉的决定》,自2024120日起施行。

The Decision of the State Council on Amending the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China is hereby issued and shall come into force on January 20, 2024.

总理  李强

Premier: LI Qiang

20231211

      December 11, 2023

附:中国国务院关于修改《中华人民共和国专利法实施细则》的决定

Annex: Decision of the State Council on Amending the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China

(来源:中国政府网)

(Source: website of the government of China)

附:集佳特刊:中国公布《国务院关于修改〈中华人民共和国专利法实施细则〉的决定》(附关键修改内容)

Annex: Unitalen Newsletter Special Issue: China Unveils Decision of the State Council on Amending the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China (with key amendments attached)

中国《专利审查指南(2023)》公布

China Unveils Guidelines for Patent Examination 2023

根据《中华人民共和国专利法实施细则》,制定《专利审查指南》。现公布修订后的《专利审查指南》,自2024120日起施行。2010121日公布的《专利审查指南》及其后公布的相关局令、公告同时废止。

The Guidelines for Patent Examination is formulated in accordance with the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China. The amended Guidelines for Patent Examination is unveiled now and shall be put into force on January 20, 2024. The Guidelines for Patent Examination issued on January 21, 2010 and the relevant orders and announcements made thereafter shall be annulled on the same day.

局长:申长雨

Commissioner: SHEN Changyu

20231221

December 21, 2023

附:专利审查指南(2023

Annex: Guidelines for Patent Examination 2023

(来源:中国国家知识产权局网站)

(Source: website of the CNIPA)

中国《集体商标、证明商标注册和管理规定》公布

China Issued Provisions on Registration and Management of Collective Marks and Certification Marks

《集体商标、证明商标注册和管理规定》已经中国国家知识产权局局务会审议通过,现予公布,自202421日起施行。

The Provisions on the Registration and Management of Collective Marks and Certification Marks, as deliberated and adopted at the executive meeting of the China National Intellectual Property Administration, are hereby issued and shall come into force on February 1, 2024.

局长:申长雨

Commissioner: SHEN Changyu

20231229

December 29, 2023

附:集体商标、证明商标注册和管理规定

Annex: Provisions on the Registration and Management of Collective Marks and Certification Marks

(来源:中国国家知识产权局网站)

(Source: website of the CNIPA)

关于施行修改后的专利法及其实施细则相关审查业务处理过渡办法的公告(第559号)

Announcement on Transitional Measures for Handling Relevant Examination before and after the Implementation of the Amended Patent Law and the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law (No. 559)

为保障修改后专利法及其实施细则的顺利实施,明确其中涉及审查业务的相关条款在修改后的专利法实施细则生效实施前后的具体适用规则,中国国家知识产权局制定《关于施行修改后的专利法及其实施细则相关审查业务处理的过渡办法》,现予发布,自2024120日起施行。

For the purpose of ensuring the smooth implementation of the amended Patent Law and the Implementing Regulations thereof, and clearly defining the specific applicable rules for the examination-related articles before and after the amended Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law comes into effect, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has formulated the Transitional Measures for Handling Relevant Examination before and after the Implementation of the Amended Patent Law and the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law, which is hereby issued, and shall come into force on January 20, 2024.

特此公告。

Notice is hereby given.

中国国家知识产权局

CNIPA

20231221

December 21, 2023

附:《关于施行修改后的专利法及其实施细则相关审查业务处理的过渡办法》

Annex: Transitional Measures for Handling Relevant Examination before and after the Implementation of the Amended Patent Law and the Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law

(来源:中国国家知识产权局网站)

(Source: website of the CNIPA)

中丹专利审查高速路(PPH)试点项目延长

CNIPA and DKPTO Extend PPH Pilot Program

经中国国家知识产权局和丹麦专利商标局的共同决定,将中丹PPH试点项目自202411日起延长五年,至20281231日结束。参与本试点项目的要求和流程继续沿用中丹PPH指南。

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and the Danish Patent and Trademark Office (DKPTO) have jointly decided to extend their Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program for another five years from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2028. The established guideline of CNIPA-DKPTO PPH request remains controlling the pertinent requirements and procedures governing applicants' PPH requests at the two offices.

中丹PPH试点项目延长将进一步促进中丹两国在知识产权领域的交流与合作,服务中丹创新主体加快专利审查进程,并持续推动两局在专利审查领域的深入合作。

The extension of the CNIPA-DKPTO PPH pilot program will further advance the two countries' communication and cooperation in IP, serve both Chinese and Danish innovators by accelerating the patent examination process and continuously deepen the two offices' cooperation in patent examination.

(来源:中国国家知识产权局网站)

(Source: website of the CNIPA)

中智专利审查高速路(PPH)试点项目延长

CNIPA and INAPI Extend PPH Pilot Program

经中国国家知识产权局和智利工业产权局的共同决定,在中智PPH试点项目到期后,将该试点项目再延长五年,自202411日起,至20281231日止,参与本试点项目的要求和流程继续沿用中智PPH指南。

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and the National Institute of Industrial Property of Chile (INAPI) have jointly decided to extend their Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program for another five years from January 1, 2024 to December 31, 2028. The established guideline of CNIPA-INAPI PPH request remains controlling the pertinent requirements and procedures governing applicants' PPH requests at the two offices.

中智PPH试点项目延长将进一步促进中智两国在知识产权领域的交流与合作,服务中智创新主体加快专利审查进程,并持续推动两局在专利审查领域的深入合作。

The extension of the CNIPA-INAPI PPH pilot program will further advance the two countries' communication and cooperation in IP, serve both Chinese and Chilean innovators by accelerating the patent examination process and continuously deepen the two offices' cooperation in patent examination.

(来源:中国国家知识产权局网站)

(Source: website of the CNIPA)

 

典型案例:

动态密码USB线材实用新型专利侵权案

Case of Infringement of Patent for Utility Model Titled "A Dynamic Password USB Wire Rod"

基本案情

Case Brief

租电公司系专利号为201720131230.0、名称为一种动态密码USB线材的实用新型专利权利人。租电公司认为森树强公司等实施了侵权行为,向广东省深圳市中级人民法院提起诉讼。森树强公司等抗辩称租电公司同日申请了技术方案实质相同的涉案实用新型专利和关联实用新型专利,该关联专利权已被宣告无效,基于同样的理由,涉案专利权也应属无效,故应驳回租电公司的诉讼请求。一审法院认定上述两专利技术方案实质相同,涉案专利权明显或者有极大可能归于无效,故判决驳回租电公司的诉讼请求。租电公司不服,提起上诉。本案二审程序期间,森树强公司对涉案专利提出无效宣告请求。最高人民法院二审认为,在涉案专利权稳定性存疑或有争议的情况下,后续审理程序存在多种可选择的处理方式时,人民法院可以酌情作出妥适处理。本案经释明,双方当事人针对专利权稳定性问题分别自愿作出相应的未来利益补偿承诺,最高人民法院基于基本案情、在案证据和双方承诺,采用了先行裁驳、另行起诉的处理方式,裁定撤销一审判决,驳回起诉。

Shenzhen Zudian Intelligent Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Zudian) is the owner of the patent for utility model No. 201720131230.0, entitled "A Dynamic Password USB Wire Rod". Zudian considered that Shenzhen Simsukian Electronic Technology Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Simsukian) and several others had committed infringement acts and filed a lawsuit with the Shenzhen Intermediate People's Court of Guangdong Province. Simsukian and several others argued that since Zudian applied for the patent for utility model involved in the case and the related patent for utility model, which relate to substantially the same technical solution, on the same day, and the related patent had been declared invalid, the patent involved should be invalid as well based on the same reason, and argued that the claim of Zudian shall be rejected accordingly. The court of first instance found that the technical solutions of the two patents were substantially the same, and that the patent involved may apparently or very likely be invalidated, and therefore rejected Zudian's claim. Zudian appealed from the judgment. During the procedure of the second instance, Simsukian filed a request for invalidation of the patent involved. The Supreme People's Court held in the second instance that the case may be properly disposed at judicial discretion in the case where the stability of the patent involved is doubtful or disputed and there are multiple alternative handling methods in the subsequent trial procedure. Both parties, after seeking clarification of the case, voluntarily made a commitment to compensate for the future interest in view of the stability of the patent right. Based on the basic facts of the case, the evidence in the case and the commitment of both parties, the Supreme People's Court disposed the case in accordance with the principle "determine to dismiss the appeal and then allow for a separate appeal", and ruled to revoke the judgment of the first instance and dismissed the appeal.

典型意义

Typical Significance

本案在涉案专利行政确权程序已经启动的情况下,人民法院首次尝试引导双方当事人针对确权程序结果的不确定性自愿作出未来利益补偿承诺。裁判明确专利侵权案件中,在涉案专利权稳定性存疑或有争议的情况下,基于公平和诚信之考虑,人民法院可鼓励和引导当事人自愿作出相关未来利益的补偿承诺或声明,既有效推进案件审理程序,又妥善平衡当事人实体利益。

In this case, the People's Court tried for the first time to guide the parties to voluntarily make a commitment to compensate for future interest in view of the uncertainty of the outcome of the administrative confirmation procedure of the patent involved, which had already been started. For a case involving the judgment and determination of patent infringement, if the stability of the patent right in question is doubtful or disputed, the People's Court may, for fairness and good faith, encourage and guide the parties to voluntarily make a commitment or declaration to compensate for the relevant future interest, which not only effectively expedites the trial process, but also appropriately balances the substantive benefits of the parties.

(案例来源:中华人民共和国最高人民法院网站)

(Source of the case: website of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China)

蜜胺发明专利及技术秘密侵权两案

Two Cases of "Melamine" Patent and Technical Secret infringement

【基本案情】

Case Brief

金象公司、烨晶公司系专利号为201110108644.9、名称为节能节资型气相淬冷法蜜胺生产系统及其工艺的发明专利权利人,金象公司亦为采用加压气相淬冷法生产蜜胺的方法及使用该方法的生产系统相关技术秘密权利人。金象公司、烨晶公司针对华鲁恒升公司等四被告侵害涉案专利权的行为向广州知识产权法院提起诉讼。金象公司亦针对上述四被告侵害技术秘密的行为向四川省成都市中级人民法院提起诉讼。两法院一审分别认定,四被告共同实施了专利侵权行为、技术秘密侵权行为,均判决停止侵害,并分别部分支持了有关损害赔偿请求。双方当事人对两案均不服,均提起上诉。最高人民法院二审认为,各被诉侵权人具有侵权的意思联络,主观上彼此明知,先后实施相应侵权行为构成完整的侵权行为链,客观上分工协作,属共同故意实施侵权行为,应当对全部侵权损害承担连带责任。遂改判支持权利人的全部诉讼请求,判令侵权人以包括但不限于拆除的方式销毁侵权生产系统及有关技术秘密载体,共同连带赔偿权利人经济损失合计2.18亿元(其中,发明专利侵权案赔偿1.2亿元,技术秘密侵权案赔偿9800万元)。

Sichuan Golden-elephant Sincerity Chemical Co., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as Golden-elephant) and Beijing EDGEIN Technology CO., Ltd. (hereinafter referred to as EDGEIN) are the right holders of the patent for invention No. 201110108644.9 entitled "System and process for melamine production by gas-phase quenching method of energy efficient and cost saving type", and Golden-elephant is also the right holder of the technical secrets relating to the melamine production by press gas-phase quenching method and the production system using the method. Golden-elephant and EDGEIN filed a lawsuit with the Guangzhou Intellectual Property Court against Shandong Hualu-Hengsheng Chemical Co., Ltd (hereinafter referred to as Hualu-Hengsheng) and the other three defendants for their acts infringing the patent right involved. Golden-elephant also filed a lawsuit against the above four defendants for their acts infringing technical secrets with the Chengdu Intermediate People's Court of Sichuan Province. The two courts found in the first instance that the four defendants had jointly committed the patent and technical secret infringement acts, and both ruled that the defendants shall cease the infringement, and partially supported the claims for damages. Both parties appealed from the judgments of the two cases. The Supreme People's Court held in the second instance that the accused infringers agreed on infringement, subjectively knew each other's infringement and implemented the corresponding infringement acts successively, which constituted a complete chain of infringing acts, and that they cooperated with each other objectively, which pertained to willful and joint infringement. The court decided that the defendants shall be jointly and severally liable for all the damage incurred by infringement. Consequently, the court changed the judgment to support all claims of the right holders, and ordered the infringers to destroy the infringing production system and the relevant technical secret carriers by means including but not limited to dismantling, and to jointly and severally compensate the right holders for the economic losses totaling 218 million yuan (including 120 million yuan for the patent infringement case, and 98 million yuan for the technical secret infringement case).

【典型意义】

Typical significance

这是目前人民法院针对同一工程项目判赔额最高的知识产权侵权案件。权利人金象公司为中外合资企业,烨晶公司为高新技术民营企业,侵权人之一华鲁恒升公司系国有上市企业。两案裁判不仅彰显人民法院切实加强知识产权司法保护的坚定态度,也充分体现对内资和外资企业、国有和民营企业等各类企业的一体对待、平等保护。本案有关共同故意侵权及全部连带责任的认定、赔偿额计算的考量因素、停止侵害责任中销毁侵权载体的处理方式等,对于类似案件的处理具有参考意义。

This is an IP infringement case with the highest amount of compensation that the People's Court has decided for the same engineering project up to now. The right holder Golden-elephant is a sino-foreign joint venture, the right holder EDGEIN is a high-tech private enterprise, and one of the infringers, Hualu-Hengsheng, is a state-owned listed enterprise. The rulings of the two cases not only demonstrated the court's resolute attitude to strengthen the IP judicial protection, but also fully reflected the equal treatment and protection for domestic and foreign-invested enterprises, state-owned and private enterprises and other types of enterprises. This case has reference significance for the handling of similar cases involving the determination of common intentional infringement and joint and several liability, the factors to be considered in the calculation of the amount of damages, the handling of the destruction of infringing carriers in the liability to cease infringement, and the like.

(案例来源:中华人民共和国最高人民法院网站)

(Source of the case: website of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China)

 

 

集佳新闻:

集佳上海分所律师代理的案件被上海市律师协会知识产权专业委员会评为2020-2023十大案例优秀案例

Cases Represented by Unitalen Shanghai Office Selected as "Top Ten Cases" and "Outstanding Cases" of 2020-2023 by Shanghai Bar Association

上海市律师协会知识产权专业委员会1220日召开了2023年度年终总结会,会上公布和表彰了2020–2023年四年间的十大案例优秀案例。集佳上海分所代理的两个案件分别获评十大案例优秀案例

The Intellectual Property Committee of the Shanghai Lawyers Association convened the year-end summary meeting of 2023 on December 20, 2023, at which the "Top Ten Cases" and "Outstanding Cases" for the four years from 2020 to 2023 were announced for commendation. Two cases represented by Unitalen Shanghai office were selected as "Top Ten Cases" and "Outstanding Cases" respectively.

被评为十大案例的是李擘律师陈绍娟律师代理的阿尔帕科博及韦伯有限公司诉郭某、邓某实用艺术作品著作权侵权纠纷案。

The case selected as "Top Ten Cases" is the case concerning a dispute over copyright infringement of works of applied art between ALPA CAPAUL & WEBER AG and Guo X, Deng X, represented by Attorneys LI Bo and Chen Shaojuan.

被评为优秀案例的是李擘律师苏柔文律师代理的上海三联(集团)有限公司、上海三联(集团)有限公司茂昌眼镜公司诉西安某眼镜有限责任公司侵害老字号茂昌商标权及不正当竞争纠纷案。

The case selected as "Outstanding Cases" is the case concerning a dispute over trademark infringement of the time-honored brand "茂昌" and unfair competition between Shanghai Sanlian (Group) Co., Ltd., Maochang Optical Co., Ltd. of Shanghai Sanlian (Group) Co., Ltd., and a certain Optical Co., Ltd. in Xi'an, represent by Attorneys LI Bo and SU Rouwen.

集佳5位合伙人入选Asia IP 2023年度中国知识产权专家百强榜

Five Unitalen Partners Selected as "Top 100 IP Experts in China" in 2023 by Asia IP

近日,国际权威知识产权媒体《亚洲知识产权》(Asia IP)发布了2023年度中国知识产权专家百强榜Top 100 IP Experts in China),集佳于泽辉、李德山、黄莺、赵雷、潘炜5位合伙人因其优质的专业服务及海内外业界与客户的普遍认可荣登百强榜单!

Recently, Asia IP, an authoritative international IP media, released the list of "Top 100 IP Experts in China" in 2023, and five Unitalen partners, YU Zehui, LI Deshan, HUANG Ying, ZHAO Lei, and PAN Wei, were on the list with honor for their high-quality professional services and the universal recognition from the professionals and clients at home and abroad!

3位特级!集佳再有23位代理人入选中华商标协会商标人才库

3 Special-class Talents! Another 23 Unitalen Attorneys Selected for the Trademark Talent Pool of China Trademark Association

近日,中华商标协会公布了2023年商标人才库入库申报(第二批)合格人员名单,其中,集佳共有23位商标代理人成功入选,包括3位特级、2位正高级、1位副高级、5位一级和12位二级人才。至此,集佳共有56位商标代理人入选了2023年商标人才库。

Recently, China Trademark Association released the list of persons qualified to be incorporated into the 2023 Trademark Talent Pool (the second batch), in which a total of 23 trademark attorneys of Unitalen have been successfully selected, including 3 special-class talents, 2 senior talents, 1 sub-senior talent, 5 first-class talents and 12 second-class talents. So far, a total of 56 trademark attorneys of Unitalen have been selected for the 2023 Trademark Talent Pool.

集佳多位专家获聘为长沙市知识产权专家库海外维权援助专家

Unitalen Experts Appointed as Experts in Overseas Right Protection Assistance of Changsha IP Talent Pool

近期,长沙市知识产权局公布了第二批长沙市海外知识产权维权援助专家名单,集佳赵雷朱刚琴徐思倪赶重4位专家入选。

Recently, Changsha Intellectual Property Office released the list of the second batch of overseas IP right protection assistance experts of Changsha, in which four Unitalen experts, ZHAO Lei, ZHU Gangqin, XU Si and NI Ganzhong, were selected.

 

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