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Hong Kong Implements Significant Fee Reductions for Industrial Design Registrations

Hong Kong Implements Significant Fee Reductions for Industrial Design Registrations

As of March 1, 2024, Hong Kong has begun the implementation of a revised fee schedule. This move, aimed at bolstering intellectual property (IP) development and services, marks a significant reduction in fees for industrial design registration. Under the amended fee structure, applicants stand to benefit from substantial reductions, underscoring the government’s commitment to fostering innovation and protecting intellectual property rights. Notably, filing fees for industrial designs have witnessed remarkable decreases, with paper filings experiencing a reduction of approximately 60%, [...]

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CNIPA And DPMA Extend PPH Pilot Program: A Boost for China-Germany IP Cooperation

In a significant move aimed at fostering closer intellectual property (IP) ties between China and Germany, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and the German Patent and Trade Mark Office (DPMA) have announced the extension of their Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH) pilot program. The extension, which spans an additional three years from January 23, 2024, to January 22, 2027, underscores the commitment of both nations to promote innovation and streamline the patent examination process. The PPH pilot program facilitates [...]

Myanmar's New Era of Industrial Design Protection

Myanmar’s New Era of Industrial Design Protection

In a significant move towards bolstering intellectual property rights, Myanmar has opened its doors to industrial design protection, marking a crucial milestone in its legal framework for safeguarding innovation and creativity. The announcement, made by the Intellectual Property Department (IPD) of Myanmar, signals the commencement of accepting applications for industrial design protection effective from February 01, 2024. This development came with the Industrial Design Law’s implementation on October 31, 2023, a pivotal step towards modernizing Myanmar’s intellectual property regime. The [...]

Copyright Protection in Malaysia

Copyright Protection in Malaysia

Copyright protection is crucial for creators to safeguard their intellectual property rights and prevent unauthorized use or reproduction of their works. In Malaysia, copyright protection is granted automatically upon the creation of a work, by the principles outlined in the Berne Convention, an international agreement governing copyright. While formal registration is not mandatory to obtain copyright protection in Malaysia, creators are encouraged to utilize procedures outlined in the Copyright Act 1987 to strengthen their legal standing in case of disputes. [...]

China Sees Surge in Invention Patents in Early 2024, China Sees Surge in Invention Patents

China Sees Surge in Invention Patents in Early 2024

Innovation continues to be a driving force in China’s economic landscape, as evidenced by the significant increase in invention patents granted during the first two months of 2024. The latest data released by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) reveals a remarkable surge in patent issuance, highlighting the country’s commitment to fostering technological advancement and intellectual property protection. Patent Issuance Trends According to the CNIPA report, the first two months of 2024 witnessed a staggering 77.56 percent increase in the [...]

CNIPA Issues Annual Guidelines for Intellectual Property Development in 2024

CNIPA Issues Annual Guidelines for Intellectual Property Development in 2024

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has recently unveiled its Annual Work Guidelines for Promoting the High-Quality Development of Intellectual Property Rights in 2024. These guidelines, released on April 10, 2024, aim to enhance intellectual property (IP) work and expedite the advancement of high-quality IP development across various sectors. CNIPA emphasizes that these guidelines are instrumental in driving innovation and fostering economic growth by protecting intellectual property rights effectively. The primary objectives outlined in the guidelines focus on several key [...]

UKIPO Launches Innovative Financial Support Scheme for SMEs

UKIPO Launches Innovative Financial Support Scheme for SMEs

In a move aimed at bolstering innovation and intellectual property (IP) protection among small to medium enterprises (SMEs), the UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO) has announced the forthcoming launch of a groundbreaking financial support pilot scheme. This new initiative, which builds upon the success of previous programs such as the IP Audit scheme and IP Access, is tailored specifically for SMEs seeking to navigate the complexities of IP management and strategy. Scheduled for launch in the summer of 2024, the [...]

Understanding Chinese Patent Annuity Regulations: A Comprehensive Guide

Understanding Chinese Patent Annuity Regulations: A Comprehensive Guide

Patents play a crucial role in protecting intellectual property rights and fostering innovation. In China, patent holders must adhere to specific regulations regarding annuity payments to maintain their patent rights. Here’s everything you need to know about Chinese patent annuity regulations: Patent Types In China, patents are categorized into three main types: Invention Patents: These patents protect new technical solutions for products or processes and have the highest level of protection. Utility Model Patents: These patents protect new technical solutions relating to the [...]

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