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Patent Enforcement in China
Michael Lin, Partner
Marks&Clerk Hong Kong
Patexia Webinar
July 11, 2013
10:30 AM PDT
© 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved.
Michael Lin
• ABC (American Born Chinese)
• University of California at Berkeley -
Biochemistry
• Really, really terrible scientist
• PhD in Genetics
• Boston University Law School
• Ohio Bar (1996); USPTO Bar (1997); no CN Bar
• P&G Patent Attorney, Kobe Japan (10 y)
• P&G Patent Attorney, China (3.5 y)
• Marks&Clerk Hong Kong (2.5 y)
© 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved.
China Law Intro
• Civil (Roman) Law – Very detailed
• Non-binding precedents
• Supreme People’s Court Interpretations
• Only 1 guaranteed appeal, review = de novo
• No Federal Rules of Evidence
• No Juries
• Inconsistent rulings; favoritism; political
meddling
© 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved.
Patent Office Administrative
Enforcement
Local Patent Offices (2013 rules):
• Investigations
• Seizures
• Fines
• Administrative punishments
© 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved.
Customs Office Administrative
Enforcement
• Register IP in Customs
• Customs = reactive, not proactive
• Visit & educate Customs
• Effectiveness depends on info provided
• Follow up in court
© 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved.
Arbitration in China
• CIETAC (China International Economic and
Trade Arbitration Commission): http://
www.cietac.org/index.cms
• In 2011-12, Shenzhen and Shanghai offices
“disavowed” by Beijing
• Court recently refused to enforce Shanghai
CIETAC arbitration.
• Net: designate Beijing Branch for now
Michael LinMichael Lin
Marks&Clerk Hong KongMarks&Clerk Hong Kong
@Cyberport@Cyberport @HK Science Park@HK Science Park
Level 9, Cyberport 1Level 9, Cyberport 1 Unit 516, 5/F, Enterprise PlaceUnit 516, 5/F, Enterprise Place
100 Cyberport Road100 Cyberport Road 5 Science Park West Ave.5 Science Park West Ave.
Pok Fu Lam, Hong KongPok Fu Lam, Hong Kong Shatin, New Territories,Shatin, New Territories,
Hong KongHong Kong
MLin@marks-clerk.comMLin@marks-clerk.com
©© Copyright Marks&Clerk Hong Kong 2013Copyright Marks&Clerk Hong Kong 2013
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Patexia patent enforcement in china (July 11, 2013)

  • 1. Patent Enforcement in China Michael Lin, Partner Marks&Clerk Hong Kong Patexia Webinar July 11, 2013 10:30 AM PDT
  • 2. © 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved. Michael Lin • ABC (American Born Chinese) • University of California at Berkeley - Biochemistry • Really, really terrible scientist • PhD in Genetics • Boston University Law School • Ohio Bar (1996); USPTO Bar (1997); no CN Bar • P&G Patent Attorney, Kobe Japan (10 y) • P&G Patent Attorney, China (3.5 y) • Marks&Clerk Hong Kong (2.5 y)
  • 3. © 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved. China Law Intro • Civil (Roman) Law – Very detailed • Non-binding precedents • Supreme People’s Court Interpretations • Only 1 guaranteed appeal, review = de novo • No Federal Rules of Evidence • No Juries • Inconsistent rulings; favoritism; political meddling
  • 4. © 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved. Patent Office Administrative Enforcement Local Patent Offices (2013 rules): • Investigations • Seizures • Fines • Administrative punishments
  • 5. © 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved. Customs Office Administrative Enforcement • Register IP in Customs • Customs = reactive, not proactive • Visit & educate Customs • Effectiveness depends on info provided • Follow up in court
  • 6. © 2013 Copyright Michael Lin, all rights reserved. Arbitration in China • CIETAC (China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission): http:// www.cietac.org/index.cms • In 2011-12, Shenzhen and Shanghai offices “disavowed” by Beijing • Court recently refused to enforce Shanghai CIETAC arbitration. • Net: designate Beijing Branch for now
  • 7. Michael LinMichael Lin Marks&Clerk Hong KongMarks&Clerk Hong Kong @Cyberport@Cyberport @HK Science Park@HK Science Park Level 9, Cyberport 1Level 9, Cyberport 1 Unit 516, 5/F, Enterprise PlaceUnit 516, 5/F, Enterprise Place 100 Cyberport Road100 Cyberport Road 5 Science Park West Ave.5 Science Park West Ave. Pok Fu Lam, Hong KongPok Fu Lam, Hong Kong Shatin, New Territories,Shatin, New Territories, Hong KongHong Kong MLin@marks-clerk.comMLin@marks-clerk.com ©© Copyright Marks&Clerk Hong Kong 2013Copyright Marks&Clerk Hong Kong 2013 Any Questions / Comments??