Intellectual property news and updates

Recent trade mark outcomes in China

China's reputation for enforcing intellectual property rights has been repeatedly questioned, however recent trade mark outcomes suggest this may be changing.

Casting a rod into the overseas market, Wilson Gunn reels in Chinese business

This month, Wilson Gunn Partner James Robey visited Wuhan, China with UK Trade & Investment, the UK Government’s body that promotes exporting. Along with a number of other Northwest businesses, James attended a range of events tied to the opening of a new British Consulate General in the city. Wuhan is the capital of the Hubei province…

Is your Chinese trade mark registration still valid?

Changes to trade mark law in China may mean that if you manufacture branded goods in China only for export your Chinese trade mark registration could be vulnerable to cancellation on the grounds of non-use.

Fast track for patents in China

The UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) have signed an important Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) agreement with the Chinese State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) allowing the examination of patent applications in China to be fast tracked.

China’s newly amended trade mark laws: what has changed?

New amendments to China’s trade mark laws were recently approved and are due to come into force in May next year. Some of the major changes are briefly summarised below.

Utility models: an important alternative to patents or an irrelevance?

Utility models, short term patents, petty patents, innovation patents, utility certificates – the names may be unfamiliar to you, but they all relate to a form of IP right which is under-utilised, and there are many businesses that could benefit from them.


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