Intellectual Property and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

Intellectual Property and the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement

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After years of negotiation, the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed on 17 June 2015 by the governments of both countries.  Chapter 11 of the agreement relates specifically to Intellectual Property issues. For the most part, the agreement concerning Intellectual Property issues do not create any groundbreaking change and the principal thrust is an …

Insights and Tips from Chris’ China Trip

Insights and tips from my China trip

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Having recently returned home from three weeks in Beijing and one week in Taipei and having refreshed myself with the mineral water equivalent of world air quality here in Sydney, I can reflect afresh on comments and guidance from our patent attorney associates in China and Taiwan. Filing for IP protection with a reputable firm …

Guangzhou, China

Chinese patent law and practice

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In November 2011, Chris visited patent attorney firms in Guangzhou Baxter IP works with to learn more about Chinese patent law and practice. Here are his notes… Chinese Invention Patents (Analogous to Australian Standard Patents): They have a 6 month grace period for disclosure of an invention at a recognised exhibition or by a 3rd …

Australian Patent Office Practice narrows the scope for software related inventions

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A recent shift in the examination practice of the Australian Patent Office may result in certain software related application being rejected for not being patentable. Generally, Australian Patent Law shows an aversion to ‘pure’ business methods, working directions, mere instructions and the like; these being intangible and incorporeal concepts. Software related inventions, on the other …

Patent attorney on the developments in patent enforcement in China

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In late 2010, the Chinese government launched a new national campaign to crack down on violations of intellectual property rights (IPRs) and on the production and distribution of fake and shoddy products. In particular, the campaign is directed towards targeting pirated publications, software products, DVDs, designs and other products with IPRs, as well as violations …

Microsoft loses IP case in China

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Microsoft Corp has been ordered by Beijing’s No 1 Intermediate People’s Court to stop selling versions of its Windows operating systems that include fonts designed by a Chinese technology company, Zhongyi Electronic, citing a violation of the scope of licensing agreements. The court ruling will affected the Chinese versions of its Windows 98, 2000, 2003 …