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Mark Your Calendar - Feburary 21, 2013

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

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Prioritized Examination of Chinese Patent Applications

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

Following the footsteps of the USPTO, State Intellectual Property Office has also began implementing rules* on a prioritized patent examination program starting on August 1, 2012.

The program, however, excludes the applications on invention patent applications that are subject to bi-lateral or multi-lateral agreements between SIPO and other patent offices of other countries or regions.


2013 China IP Summer Program

Destination Beijing!

The John Marshall Law School's Center for Intellectual Property Law and Chinese Intellectual Property Resource Center will again offer 2013 China IP Summer Program in Beijing from June 2 - 29, 2013 (download the program brochure here)This is the only ABA-Approved Summer Program specialized in IP in China since 2011.


Mark Your Calendars - 10/11/2012


Protecting Your Number One Intangible Asset —
Trade Secrets


New PRB Rules Effective on September 1, 2012

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

As a late follow-up to our August 24, 2012 program, State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released a set of amendments to rules governing Patent Reexamination Board (PRB) on July 18, 2012.  These new rules went into effect last Saturday, September 1, 2012. 

As a brief background, in China, the PRB handles:


National IP Strategy

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Chinese Court May Compare Yi, Jordan

[by Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan; original version was first published in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin on April 11, 2012.  The current edition includes additional content, as well as attachments and notes]

If China were a common law country, Michael Jordan has a good chance of winning the right to reclaim his last name in Chinese in China, because the Beijing High People's Court recently sided with another NBA basketball star who was also a victim under similar facts.

Battle of the Crocodile Trademarks

[By Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

[Author’s note: Key lessons for non-Chinese litigants: Supreme People Court’s interpretations]

Supreme People’s Court

Lacoste (Petitioner)


Crocodile International PTE Ltd. (Respondent)


Shanghai East Crocodile Clothing Co. Ltd. (Respondent)

December 29, 2010[1]

Translated Decisions: