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Newsletter - February 2024 - English and Chinese

Unitalen Attorneys at Law China


业界新闻:

中华人民共和国最高人民法院发布知产法庭成立五周年十大影响力案件和100件典型案例

Top 10 Influential Cases and 100 Typical Cases in the Five Years Since Establishment of the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China

为深入践行新时代能动司法理念,充分发挥典型案例指引作用,激励保障科技创新,加强知识产权保护,维护市场公平竞争,服务高水平对外开放,特从最高人民法院知识产权法庭成立五年来审结的15710件技术类知识产权和垄断案件中,评选出十大影响力案件和100件典型案例,现予发布。

To profoundly and sincerely practice the philosophy of active judiciary in the new era, fully leverage the guiding role of typical cases, motivate and ensure scientific and technological innovation, strengthen intellectual property protection, maintain fair competition in the market, and serve high-level opening to the outside world, top 10 influential cases and 100 typical cases are selected from 15710 tech-related IP and monopoly cases concluded in the five years since the establishment of the Intellectual Property Court (IP Court) of the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China (PRC), and hereby now are released.

附:中华人民共和国最高人民法院发布知产法庭成立五周年十大影响力案件和100件典型案例

Attached: Top 10 Influential Cases and 100 Typical Cases in the Five Years Since Establishment of the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China

附:中华人民共和国最高人民法院知识产权法庭成立五周年十大影响力案件

Attached: Top 10 Influential Cases in the Five Years Since Establishment of the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China

附:中华人民共和国最高人民法院知识产权法庭成立五周年100件典型案例

Attached: 100 Typical Cases in the Five Years Since Establishment of the Intellectual Property Court of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China

(来源:中华人民共和国最高人民法院新闻局)

(Source: General Office of the SPC of the PRC)

中国国家知识产权局与澳大利亚知识产权局签署合作谅解备忘录

Memorandum of Understanding for Cooperation Signed between the China National Intellectual Property Administration and IP Australia

227日,中国国家知识产权局局长申长雨与来访的澳大利亚知识产权局局长迈克尔施瓦格举行会谈。双方介绍了各自国家知识产权工作的最新进展,围绕相关议题进行了深入交流,并共同签署了两局合作谅解备忘录。

On February 27, SHEN Changyu, Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), met with the visiting Michael Schwager, Director General of IP Australia. The two offices discussed the latest progress in IP work in their respective countries, conducted in-depth discussions on related topics, and jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation.

(来源:中国国家知识产权局网站

(Source: website of the CNIPA)

2024年世界知识产权日主题发布

Announcement of Theme of 2024 World Intellectual Property Day

世界知识产权组织邀请所有成员国和利益攸关方共同庆祝2024426日世界知识产权日。2024年世界知识产权日活动的主题是:知识产权和可持续发展目标:立足创新创造,构建共同未来。

The World Intellectual Property Organization invites all Member States and stakeholders to join in celebrating World Intellectual Property Day on April 26, 2024. The 2024 World Intellectual Property Day campaign theme is IP and the SDGs: Building our common future with innovation and creativity.

随着各种庆祝活动在世界各地举办,世界知识产权日已经成为一场真正的全球活动。2024年,我们为世界各地的变革者喝彩,他/她们正在推动实现可持续发展目标(SDGs)所需的创新和创造,为所有人构建更加美好和更可持续的未来。知识产权是应对我们共同面临的全球挑战的核心。知识产权是增长和发展的强大催化剂,因此,在改善民生和保护地球方面发挥着关键作用。2024年世界知识产权日是一个契机,彰显知识产权、创新和创造在实现可持续发展目标以造福所有人方面所发挥的核心作用。

World Intellectual Property Day has become a global event, with celebrations taking place in every region. In 2024, we celebrate changemakers worldwide who are driving the innovation and creativity needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and build a better and more sustainable future for everyone. Intellectual Property (IP) is central to addressing our global challenges. IP is a powerful catalyst for growth and development and, as such, has a vital role to play in improving livelihoods and safeguarding our planet. World Intellectual Property Day 2024 is an opportunity to showcase the central role that IP, innovation, and creativity play in achieving the SDGs for the benefit of everyone.

国际社会于2015年通过了《2030年可持续发展议程》,该议程为人类和地球现在和将来的和平与繁荣提供了一幅共同的蓝图。《2030年议程》由17项可持续发展目标支撑。这些可持续发展目标紧急呼吁所有国家行动起来,结成全球伙伴关系,开辟通往更加美好和更可持续未来的道路。

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the international community in 2015, provides a shared blueprint for peace and prosperity for people and the planet, both now and in the future. 17 SDGs underpin the 2030 Agenda. The SDGs are an urgent call to action for all countries to unite in a global partnership to carve pathways to a better and more sustainable future.

为了构建我们共同的未来,实现可持续发展目标,我们需要重新思考我们的生活、工作和娱乐方式。2024年世界知识产权日是一个机会,可供探讨知识产权如何鼓励并扩大对建设我们共同未来至关重要的创新性和创造性解决方案。

To build our shared future and achieve the SDGs, we need to rethink how we live, work, and play. World Intellectual Property Day 2024 is an opportunity to explore how intellectual property encourages and can amplify the innovative and creative solutions crucial to building our shared future.

(来源:WIPO中国)

(Source: WIPO China)

 

 

典型案例:

集佳代理中国某充电网生态独角兽企业成功无效发明专利

Unitalen Representing a Chinese Charging Network Ecology Unicorn Company Successfully Invalidated Patent for Invention

近日,北京市集佳律师事务所代理中国某充电网生态独角兽企业(以下简称客户)在专利无效宣告程序中成功无效掉对方发明专利权的全部权利要求,保障了其商业利益,为其市场运营推广保驾护航,扫除阴霾。

Recently, Beijing Unitalen Law Office, representing a Chinese charging network ecology unicorn company (hereinafter referred to as "the client"), successfully invalidated all claims of the other party's patent right for invention in the patent invalidation announcement procedure. This protected the client's commercial interests, safeguarded its market operation and promotion, and swept away the haze.

案情简介

Case Brief

20239月,集佳律所接受客户委托代理发明专利无效宣告请求,涉案专利名为一种新能源车位确定方法及装置的发明专利ZL202110131805.X,该专利共有7项权利要求,包括3项独立权利要求,申请日为2021130日,并于2022422日获得授权。涉案专利所保护的技术方案涉及新能源车辆停车信息与充电场站及充电车位匹配的方法及装置。

In September 2023, Unitalen Law Office accepted a request for invalidation announcement of a patent for invention commissioned by a client. The patent involved is an invention patent under No. ZL202110131805.X entitled "New Energy Parking Space Determination Method and Device." This patent has seven claims in total, including three independent claims. The patent was filed on January 30, 2021, and was granted a patent right on April 22, 2022. The technical solution claimed in the patent relates to methods and devices for matching parking information of new energy vehicles with charging stations and charging parking spaces.

案件分析

Case Analysis

2023912日,集佳代理客户针对涉案专利权向中国国家知识产权局提起无效宣告请求,明确指出涉案专利权因相对于现有技术不具备创造性而不符合专利授权条件,应予宣告无效的理由和证据。

On September 12, 2023, Unitalen, representing the client, filed a request for invalidation announcement against the patent right involved with the CNIPA, clearly pointing out the reasons and evidence for invalidation announcement of the patent right involved because it does not meet the requirements for being granted a patent right due to lack of an inventive step relative to the prior art.

通过仔细研读涉案专利的申请文本、授权文本以及授权过程的审查历史文档,集佳团队确定涉案专利的核心发明点为通过获取车辆信息及充电需求信息,停车场中所有充电站车位的车位可使用时间段信息,所有充电站车位包括愿意共享车位的固定车主车位,综合车位的可使用时间段和充电需求的充电时间段,为车辆确定目标车位。由此,集佳团队基于涉案专利背景确定无效检索策略,迅速高效地开展检索工作并寻找在先公开的专利文献以及相关的公知常识证据。

Upon careful review of the application documents, authorization documents, and examination history documents in the authorization process of the patent involved, the team at Unitalen determined the core inventive point of the patent involved as follows: "A target parking space for the vehicle is determined by acquiring vehicle information, charging demand information, parking space available time period information of all charging station parking spaces in the parking lot, all charging station parking spaces including parking spaces of fixed owners willing to share their parking spaces, available time periods for comprehensive parking spaces and charging time periods of charging demands." As a result, the team at Unitalen determined search strategies for invalidation based on the background of the patent involved, quickly and efficiently carried out search work, and searched for previously disclosed patent literature and relevant common knowledge evidence.

结合现有技术的证据情况的分析,集佳团队认为涉案专利独立权利要求的技术方案中获取的是所有车位的可使用时间段信息,所有车位包含固定车主车位,确定目标车位时以充电需求的充电时间段与车位的可使用时间段进行匹配,以及从属权利要求中涉及匹配方式的部分为此次无效中的难点和重点。

In combination with the analysis of evidence from the prior art, the team at Unitalen believes that the features "obtaining available time period information for all parking spaces, wherein all parking spaces include parking spaces of fixed owners and the charging time period of the charging demand is matched with the parking space available time period when the target parking space is determined" in the technical solution of the independent claim. The parts relating to the matching method in the dependent claims of the patent involved are the difficulties and focus of this invalidation.

针对上述重点问题,集佳团队积极收集多方面证据,并制定了全方面的无效策略。在证据搜集方面,一方面搜集了9篇与涉案专利相关的公开文献;另一方面积极寻找使用公开证据,通过现场公证、网页时间戳取证、手机App功能录屏取证等多种方式固定证据并紧密形成完整的证据链条。

In response to the key issues mentioned above, the team at Unitalen actively collected evidence from multiple sources and formulated comprehensive strategies for invalidation. In terms of evidence collection, on the one hand, nine pieces of published literature relating to the patent involved were collected; on the other hand, the team at Unitalen actively sought and used public evidence to fix evidence through various methods such as on-site notarization, webpage time-stamp for evidence collection, and screen recording function of mobile phone Apps for evidence collection, to closely form a complete evidence chain.

在无效策略上,集佳团队主张核心技术方案已被最接近对比文件公开,最接近的对比文件的区别特征均为共享充电时为方便共享以及提升效能的具体手段,且相关区别特征已被其他对比文件所公开,并且相关技术特征包括充电桩共享时间段的利用时间要求以及利用二维码和手机等实现通信绑定等也是业内公知的技术和情形,并提供不同的组合方式由相关对比文件公开这些区别技术特征。

In terms of strategies for invalidation, the team at Unitalen proposed that the core technical solution has been disclosed by the closest reference document; the distinguishing feature from the closest reference document is "specific means for convenient sharing and efficiency improvement during shared charging"; the relevant distinguishing feature has been disclosed by other reference documents, and the relevant technical feature includes "utilization of the sharing time period of a charging pile," "time requirement," and "implementation in communication binding using QR codes, mobile phones, etc.", and the like, which are also technologies and situations well-known in the industry; and the team at Unitalen provided different combination methods of relevant reference documents to disclose these distinguishing technical features.

基于详尽的证据组合和多角度的充分论述,最终中国国家知识产权局采纳了集佳团队的主张,认为权利要求相对于现有技术与公知常识的结合是容易想到的。因此,中国国家知识产权局于2024112日作出第565823号《无效宣告请求审查决定书》,以涉案专利缺乏创造性的理由,宣告涉案专利权全部无效。

Based on the detailed combination of evidence and full discussion from multiple perspectives, the CNIPA finally adopted the  Unitalen team's proposition and deemed that it is easy to envisage the claims relative to the combination of the prior art and common knowledge. Therefore, the CNIPA issued No. 565823 Decision on Examination of Request for Invalidation Announcement on January 12, 2024, declaring the patent right involved entirely invalid for the reason that the patent involved lacks an inventive step.

结语

Conclusion

本案,自集佳团队收到客户委托直至中国国家知识产权局发出无效决定,仅耗时五个月,集佳团队助力客户高效迅速地解决纠纷,在保障客户商业利益的同时,为其市场运营推广保驾护航,扫除阴霾。

In this case, it only took five months from the Unitalen team's receipt of the client's commission to the CNIPA's issuance of a decision on invalidation. The team at Unitalen helps the client solve the dispute efficiently and quickly, safeguards its market operation and promotion while protecting its commercial interests, and sweeps away the haze.

汽车雨刮器发明专利侵权案

Case Involving Infringement over an Invention Patent of "Automobile Wiper"

基本案情

Case Brief

法国瓦某清洗系统公司系专利号为200610160549.2、名称为机动车辆的刮水器的连接器及相应的连接装置的发明专利的专利权人。其认为,厦门卢某汽车配件公司等制造、销售雨刮器产品的行为构成对涉案专利权的侵害,请求判令厦门卢某汽车配件公司等停止侵害、赔偿经济损失及维权合理开支600万元。一审程序中,法国瓦某清洗系统公司提出诉中行为保全申请,请求责令厦门卢某汽车配件公司等立即停止侵害。后一审法院先行作出部分判决,认定厦门卢某汽车配件公司等构成侵权,判令其停止侵害,但未同时处理有关行为保全申请。厦门卢某汽车配件公司等不服,提起上诉;法国瓦某清洗系统公司未提起上诉但仍坚持其诉中行为保全申请。最高人民法院受案后40天即公开开庭并当庭宣判,在纠正一审判决关于功能性特征认定的基础上,判决驳回上诉、维持原判,并在判决中指出对于有关诉中行为保全申请可以根据案件情况予以支持,以弥补一审判决因上诉暂时不具备执行力的法律效力空隙。

Valeo Systemes d'Essuyage in France is the patentee of an invention patent under patent No. 200610160549.2 entitled "Wiper Connector for Motor Vehicle and Corresponding Connection Device." It argues that the acts of manufacturing and sales of wiper products by Xiamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co. Ltd. and others constitute infringement over the patent right involved and requests to order Xiamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co. Ltd. and others to stop the infringement, compensate for economic losses and reasonable expenses for rights protection of 6 million yuan. In the first instance procedure, Valeo Systemes d'Essuyage in France filed an application for behavior preservation in the lawsuit, requesting to order Xiamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co. Ltd. and others to stop the infringement immediately. Subsequently, the court in the first instance made a partial judgment ahead of time, determining that Xiamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co. Ltd. and others constituted the infringement and ordered them to stop it, but did not simultaneously handle the relevant application for behavior preservation. Xiamen Lukasi Car Accessories Co. Ltd. and others were dissatisfied and filed an appeal; Valeo Systemes d'Essuyage in France did not file an appeal but still insisted on its application for behavior preservation in the lawsuit. After 40 days of receipt of the case, the SPC held a public court session and pronounced its judgment. Based on correction of the determination of functional features in the first instance judgment, the court pronounced a judgment of rejecting the appeal, upholding the original judgment, and pointed out in the judgment that the relevant application for behavior preservation in the lawsuit can be supported according to the situation of the case, to fill the gap of legal effect where the first instance judgment is temporarily unenforceable due to the appeal.

典型意义

Typical Significance

该案系最高人民法院知识产权法庭成立后敲响庭审第一槌的案件,是法庭履行国家层面知识产权案件上诉审理机制审判职能的首次公开展示。该案裁判体现了鲜明的加强知识产权保护导向,并作出了有益探索:实体方面,澄清功能性特征的认定标准,避免对专利权保护范围的不当限缩,确保专利权人获得与其技术贡献相匹配的权利保护范围;程序方面,倡导以先行判决+临时禁令的裁判方式及时高效救济权利,避免当事人赢了官司、输了市场

This case is the first time that the SPC IP Court has sounded the "first hammer" of the trial after its establishment, and it is the first public display of the court to fulfill the trial function under the appeal trial mechanism for intellectual property cases in the national level. The judgment, in this case, reflects a clear orientation of strengthening intellectual property protection and makes helpful explorations: in the substantive aspect, clarifying the standard for determining functional features to avoid inappropriate limitations on the protection scope of patent rights and ensure that the patentee obtains the right protection scope matching the technical contributions; and in the procedural aspect, advocating for timely and efficient remedy rights through a determination manner of "preliminary judgment + temporary injunction" to protect parties involved from "winning the lawsuit but losing the market."

(案例来源:中华人民共和国最高人民法院新闻局

(Source: General Office of the SPC of the PRC)

 

 

集佳新闻:

集佳蝉联2024年度 WTR 1000 金牌事务所 多位合伙人荣登杰出个人榜单

Unitalen Won 2024 WTR 1000 Gold Medal Firm Multiple Partners Were on Outstanding Individual List

近日,国际知识产权领域权威媒体《世界商标评论》(World Trademark Review,简称WTR)发布了2024年度WTR 1000 全球商标领域领先事务所名录,集佳知识产权凭借卓越实力与良好口碑再次入选中国区商标申请和策略领域金牌事务所商标保护和诉讼领域银牌事务所。同时,集佳合伙人赵雷律师黄莺律师秦丽丽律师凭借精湛的业务能力及良好的业内声誉荣登杰出个人榜单

Recently, the authoritative international media in the field of intellectual property, the World Trademark Review (WTR), released a list of 2024 WTR 1000 global leading firms in the field of trademark. Unitalen, with its outstanding strength and good reputation, was selected again as the "Gold Medal Firm" in the field of trademark application and strategy and the "Silver Medal Firm" in the field of trademark protection and litigation in China. Meanwhile, Unitalen's partners, ZHAO Lei, attorney at law, HUANG Ying, attorney at law, and QIN Lili, attorney at law, were on the Outstanding Individual List with their superb professional abilities and excellent industry reputation.

WTR对集佳给予高度评价:集佳团队与客户密切合作,以最注重业务、最具成本效益的方式为客户提供强大的商标保护。集佳遍布全国的分支机构及由600多名知识产权专家组成的专业团队,能够为客户提供高标准全领域的知识产权服务,经验丰富、训练有素的专业人员在各行各业的商标诉讼/非诉讼领域均游刃有余。

WTR gave Unitalen very high appraisals: "The team at Unitalen works closely with clients to obtain formidable trademark protection in the most business-focused, cost-effective way. Its branches throughout the country and a joined-up squad of more than 600 IP professionals can provide clients with a high-standard IP service in all fields. The highly experienced and well-trained professionals are adept in trademark litigation/non-litigation fields in a wide range of sectors.

赵雷  集佳合伙人,律师,商标代理人

ZHAO Lei Unitalen Senior Partner, Attorney at Law, Trademark Attorney

业务领域:商标、著作权、不正当竞争、商业秘密等知识产权诉讼和非诉讼法律事务

Practices: intellectual property litigation and non-litigation legal services on trademark, copyright, unfair competition, trade secret, and the like

 

黄莺  集佳合伙人,律师,商标代理人

HUANG Ying Unitalen Senior Partner, Attorney at Law, Trademark Attorney

业务领域:商标确权和授权、商标侵权、不正当竞争、著作权保护、海关保护、域名争议等

Practices: determination and authorization of trademark rights, trademark infringement, unfair competition, copyright protection, customs protection, domain name dispute, and the like

秦丽丽  集佳合伙人,律师

QIN Lili Unitalen Partner, Attorney at Law

业务领域:商标确权和授权、商标权利保护、反假冒、不正当竞争、著作权、域名争议

Practices: determination and authorization of trademark rights, protection of trademark right, anti-counterfeiting, unfair competition, copyright, and domain name dispute

Unitalen Attorneys at Law



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