China IP Weekly (Voice Edition)

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Sino-Germany Seminar on Patent System Held in Beijing
On October 16, Sino–Germany Seminar on Patent System was held in Beijing. The patent examiners from both sides made presentations concerning the amendment of China’s Guidelines for Patent Examination and the patent examination under the framework of German “Industry 4.0”. SIPO Deputy Head He Hua and DPMA Vice President Günther Schmitz addressed the opening ceremony, which was also attended by over 100 industrial representatives from two countries. Before the seminar, He Hua and Günther Schmitz met and exchanged views on the topics of common concern in IPR. They both expressed their aspiration to further enhance cooperation in the patent examination field.

Foreign-Funded R&D Centers to Get a Boost in Shanghai
Shanghai released an announcement on October 16 to further encourage foreign-funded R&D centers to participate in the construction of the city's scientific and technological center. A total of 16 measures concerning global allocation and cross-border flow of innovative elements, intellectual property protection, overseas talents services, and services for foreign-funded R&D have been proposed. In addition, foreign-funded R&D centers can participate in the city's R&D public service platform construction, making it easier for the centers to use the city's large scientific facilities. Foreign-funded R&D centers have already become a major force in Shanghai's scientific and technological innovation center construction.

China Ranks Global No. 2 in Nation Brand Value
Brand Finance, a British independent brand valuation and strategy consultancy recently unveiled the Nation Brands 2017. According to the report, with a value of US$21.055 trillion, the United States remains the most valuable nation brand in the world. China is second only to the US with a value of US$10.209 trillion. It is noted that China's nation brand value increased significantly by 44% year on year. China's nation brand value grew by US$3.122 trillion compared with last year. This figure is close to the entire nation brand value of the United Kingdom (US$3.129 trillion).

MOFCOM is Promoting IPR Protection at Exhibitions
China Economic Net ( sponsored by the Economic Daily organized a series of interviews titled “China will see a glorious exhibition industry through transformation & upgrading and innovation-driven development”. Recently, Xian Guoyi, Director-General of Service Trade and Commercial Service Industry under MOFCOM (The Ministry of Commerce of the People's Republic of China) accepted an online interview with China Economic Net and indicated that “IPR is extremely important to the brand development in the exhibition sector, and MOFCOM is actively promoting the IPR protection at exhibitions”. Since the 18th CPC National Congress, the Chinese exhibition enterprises have been raising their awareness of patent protection.

12,000 Cases of IP Infringement Concluded
12,000 cases of IP infringement were concluded over the past two years in China, with a year-on-year increase of 41% in 2016. Besides, most of IP cases were arising from economically developed regions, like Beijing. Copyright infringement cases accounted for 50.2% of all the IP cases nationwide in 2015-2016, recording 6,000 to be exact, three quarters of which were about infringements upon the information network transmission right and screening right of works. The trials in most of the IP cases have supported or partially supported the claims of plaintiff as compared to only less than 8% of the cases not supporting them.

People watch

It is lucky for Chen Jun to began his career in the IP industry 14 years ago when the first group of IP managers for businesses appeared on the stage in China and he has been in the industry.

It was this “Whampoa Military Academy” for IP that educated China’s first batch of corporate IP management personnel. Many of these engineers left Foxconn in the years since.