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Intellectual Property Court in China

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

President XI Jinping presided over a high level committee meeting on June 6 to decide action items including, among other things, "Framework Opinions of Certain Questions Regarding Pilot Reform of the Judicial System ," "Working Plan For Pilot Judiciary Reform of Shanghai," and "Regarding Working Plan For Establishing an Intellectual Property Court."1  The committee passed motions to approve the three items above and has set subsequent time tables for further implementation details.2 

SIPO Order No. 68 Amending Guidelines for Patent Examination

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released its Order No. 68 to amend the Guidelines for Patent Examination (equivalent to the MPEP for USPTO) on March 17, 2014 (original text in Chinese here).  The amendments will come into effect on May 1, 2014, same day as the Third Amendments to the Trademark Law.

The amendments are made to the following sections/subsections of the Guidelines for Patent Examination:

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Year 2014 Programs



2014 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 1 - 28, 2014 (download the program brochure here)This is the only ABA-Approved Summer Program specialized in IP in China since 2011.


New SIPO Commissioner

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

SIPO is seeking comments on proposed changes to its Patent Examination Guidelines on GUI

[Arthur Tan-Chi Yuan]

For the first time, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of P. R. China is considering patent protection of graphical user interface (GUI).  On October 22, 2013, SIPO has published a request for comment notice seeking views on its proposed changes to the Patent Examination Guidelines related to GUI as a patentable subject matter of a design patent.  This is part of the ongoing work that SIPO started in March of 2013. 

The foci of the changes are:

A.  Amendments to Part I, Chapter 3: