“Issey Miyake”, a fashion brand, was found by Mr. Issey Miyake, who is the master of clothing and famous for the special design of the clothing. Numerous people know about the design of this brand. In China, the translation of Issey Miyake is Sanzhaiyisheng and it enjoys frame.
In China, the examination and approval procedures for invention patent applications include five stages: acceptance, preliminary examination, publication, substantive examination and authorization. Utility model and design patent applications undergo three stages of acceptance, preliminary examination and authorization. However, in the patent application process, we not only need to know these stages, but also the more detailed legal status.
Chemistry is generally based on experiments and is a typical unpredictable scientific field. For the description of chemical inventions, general inferences or simple descriptions is not enough. When preparing a patent application, the requirements of sufficient disclosure is necessary and particularly important in China.
With the development of the global economy, more and more enterprises have expanded their business to overseas markets. To protect their own products and defend themselves against infringements, the number of patent applications by companies in overseas countries is increasing. Thus, how can the applicant easily understand the status of the applied patent and the situation of the annual fee in the process of actual operation?
Many people are familiar with “COSTCO” when it comes to stores. It is known as wholesale clubs in the USA. With development, COSTCO locations around the world and has its own brand. For these reasons, COSTCO pays more attention to trademarks. Recently, a trademark opposition filed by COSTCO has aroused people’s attention.
The main purpose of patent priority is to give the same applicant a security period for filing a patent application on the same subject in different countries, excluding the possibility for plagiarists to file a preemptive application and obtain a patent.
When you search a patent, for some reasons, you may want to know more detailed documents of the patent, and many documents are usually not directly accessible. At this time, you can use the consultation and photocopying of patent application documents service of the Patent Office.
An invention patent has a statutory confidentiality period of 18 months from the date of filing, which is a common practice in most countries around the world. PCT international patent applications, Chinese invention patent applications, and US patent applications are all follow this regulation. But for some reasons, the applicant may want to publish his/her application earlier, most countries will also provide such an option of early publication.
In the process of a Chinese patent application, there are often some important time points hidden for the applicant to submit the initiative amendments or make rectification, etc. And reasonable use of these time points can often save some losses in the process of patent application.
In order to cope with the revision of China's Patent Law and its implementation rules, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) recently published the " Revised Draft of Patent Examination Guidelines (Draft for Soliciting Comments)", the revised content of the Guidelines is mainly the supporting provisions of the Patent Law and its implementation rules.
Macau is one of two Special Administrative Regions (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. Registering your patents in China Mainland and Hong Kong doesn't give you protection in Macao, so it’s necessary to file Macau Patents if you want to obtain patent protection in Macau.
Many applicants want to make amendments in accordance with the claims of the corresponding foreign patent(s) when responding to the office action(s) of Chinese patent, especially when these corresponding patent(s) have been or are to be granted.
When receiving a notification of refusal for a trademark application, many applicants may choose to file an appeal arguing the significant difference between the applied trademark and cited trademark. However, the unilateral argument cannot always persuade the examiners even though the differences do exist.
Patent right is the exclusive right that the owner of an invention-creation enjoys in accordance with the patent law which is a kind of intangible property rights. For patentees or producers, it is necessary to understand the relevant legal provisions of infringement to protect their rights or avoid the risk of patent infringement and know the infringement conditions and relevant infringement or non-infringement acts.
The patent exploitation license refers to the owner of patented technology, or its granted person permits other peoples to exploit his patent in a certain period of time, a certain area and a certain manner, and charges licensee for use. The patentee is the licensor, and the person allowed to exploit is the licensee.
A recent intellectual property case saw an applicant have to abandon three Chinese invention patent applications. The applications were deemed to lack novelty while his reference documents were published in advance by the applicant. Subsequently, he had no choice but to accept the decision and abandon the patent applications.
As intellectual property protection is generally territorial in nature, applying for registration of a design in Mainland China or elsewhere in the world does not automatically give registered design protection in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. Therefore, if someone intends to manufacture, import, sell or offer for hire his design product (or license someone else to do so) in the Hong Kong SAR, he will need to register his design in the Hong Kong SAR.
For companies and individuals, no matter when they files a design patent for their own products or when their own design patents are declared invalid, it often involves the determination of whether the patented design and the comparative design are substantially identical.
Intellectual property rights are getting more and more attention, and they say that “the product is not moved, the patent comes first”, which also shows the importance of using patents to protect your own technology, but due to various reasons, you may encounter a situation where you did not file a patent for your technology in time, while others use the patent to sue you for infringement.
Jimmy Choo, a global luxury fashion brand, is favored by many celebrities. Lots of people know about this brand because of women's shoes. Women's shoes are the core product of this brand. To protect its interests, Jimmy Choo is cautious about the safety of its trademarks in class 25. They are always taken action against the trademarks contained "CHOO."
For most companies running business in China, they may firstly consider registering their brand as a trademark to avoid copycats and fake products but may not pay much attention to copyright registration for its logo. In fact, both a trademark and copyright are available for the right owners to protect their brand though they’re different system. Knowing the differences between them helps you to better build up the IP protection systems and avoid most risks of infringement.
During the search and examination stage of an international application, if the International Searching Authority (ISA) determines that the international application lacks unity of invention, the examiner will notify the applicant and issue the Invitation to Pay Additional Fees which indicates the number of additional inventions and fee per additional invention and the total amount that should be paid.
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