19 December 2012

China Leads Global Patent Filings

Here's an interesting article from SIPO.

I still have clients thinking that there's no point in filing Chinese patent applications. This perception is fast becoming outdated. China is continually improving its patent systems. Given that the life of a patent is 20 years, it is imperative that you consider filing in China.

Utility models are particularly popular amongst Chinese filers. They can be very useful for relatively simple mechanical devices.

I will try to write more about this rapidly evolving jurisdiction. In the meantime, don't forget to make China part of your IP Strategy. 

11 December 2012

Chinese-English Translation at the EPO

As I've mentioned before on this blog, China is rapidly becoming the largest filer of patent applications. This means that the body of prior art developing in China is significant.

The ability to carry out even just a machine translation will be most useful when searching. It appears that the EPO is taking steps to put such a tool into place. Here is the link.