Journal Article

An overview of the judicial protection of patents in China

Lin Yasong and Marco T. Connor

in Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice

Volume 3, issue 3, pages 163-173
Published in print March 2008 | ISSN: 1747-1532
Published online March 2008 | e-ISSN: 1747-1540 | DOI:
An overview of the judicial protection of patents in China

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Legal context

The present paper introduces how the patent protection system is organized in China and the competence of various administrative and judicial instances is reviewed with case studies as illustrative examples.

Key points

The article describes the patent grant (or refusal) procedure and the means available to an applicant to have a decision reviewed, as well as the prosecution of invalidity actions.

Practical significance

Finally, the authors examine responses to patent counterfeiting through administrative proceedings along with their practical implications. This might possibly involve agreement between the parties, and judicial actions, including both civil and criminal proceedings.

Keywords: The processes by which patent protection is obtained and enforced in China are rarely understood by outsiders, particular among those who judge the worth of a patent system in accordance to the extent that its own laws and institutions mirror their own.; Devised out of a need to respond to international pressures while also addressing its own cultural and political imperatives, the Chinese system demands careful attention if it is to be used to best effect by patent owners, whether from outside the People's Republic or from within it.; This article explains the main features of a system which is accused both of being too complex and too simple, highlighting its strengths and the areas in which further attention should be directed.

Journal Article.  7583 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Arbitration ; Intellectual Property Law

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