With over 200 dedicated professionals, Beijing East IP has helped a full spectrum of clients – from startups to Fortune 500 corporations to domestic multinational companies – on their intellectual property issues in China.
On March 25, 2015, Beijing East IP Ltd. and DLA Piper LLP (US) successfully co-hosted a half day seminar covering cost and time saving techniques and best practices for securing patent rights in China, U.S, Australia, Korea, and Japan. A distinguished a panel of global practitioner from Beijing East IP, DLA Piper LLP (US), Cullens Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Central Intellectual Property & Law, and RyukaIP Law Firm presented two sessions of fascinating patent prosecution and protection strategies from a global perspective.
In the first session, the panelists Vice General Manager Dragon WANG of Beijing East IP, Andrew Schwaab of DLA Piper LLP (US), Matthew Lord of Cullens Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Dong-Jae Lee of Central Intellectual Property & Law Office, and Aki Ryuka of Ryuka IP Law Firm addressed the best practices for obtaining patent protection using the most cost and time effective procedures in China, U.S., Australia, Korean, and Japan. This session examined ways to reduce the time and cost associated with patent prosecution for global (or multi-country) patent portfolios. Strategies and practices applicable to China, U.S., Australia, Korea, and Japan were presented, and considerations were given to the way patent prosecution in different countries can be coordinated to improve time and cost efficiency.
In the second session, the panelists General Manager Dr. Xiaodong LI of Beijing East IP, Dale Lazar and Yan ZHAO of DLA Piper LLP (US), Matthew Lord of Cullens Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Dong-Jae Lee of Central Intellectual Property & Law Office, and Aki Ryuka of Ryuka IP Law Firm addressed the best practices for obtaining updates regarding patent-eligible subject matter worldwide in China, U.S., Australia, Korean, and Japan. This session focused on patent-eligibility subject matter requirements for claimed inventions, including updates on laws and software and computer-implemented innovations in different countries. An overview of the applicable rules and examination guidelines in different countries were given, and followed by claim examples to highlight the issues that might arise when the same claim is to be filed in different countries, and the ways in which these issues may be addressed, overcome or pre-empted.
Hosts: The Gao Lulin Foundation, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association
Sponsors: Beijing East IP Ltd./ Beijing East IP Law Firm, Tsinghua University School of Law
On October 2, 2014, the 2014 U.S. and China IP Dialogue Seminar was co-hosted by the Gao Lulin Foundation and the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA), co-sponsored by Beijing East IP Ltd./Beijing East IP Law Firm (Beijing East IP) and Tsinghua University School of Law in Silicon Valley, home to many of the world’s largest technology corporations in the U.S.This Seminar created a senior platform to promote the U.S. and China IP academics and industrial exchange and cooperation. Through this Seminar, U.S. and China IP scholars, professionals, and attorneys engaged in in-depth discussions of the latest developments and enforcement of U.S. and China IP law.
The Seminar attracted more than 130 U.S. and China IP scholars, professionals, and attorneys arranging from Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Perkins Coie LLP, K&L Gates LLP, DLA Piper US LLP, Cooley LLP, US Hastings College of the Law, Shore Chan Depumpo LLP, Fenwick & West LLP, University of San Francisco School of Law, The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, International Intellectual Property Institute, Microsoft, Zynga Inc., Ericsson Inc., Fairchild Semiconductor, Yahoo!, Applied Materials, Inc., Samsung Research America, Nokia Inc.
Dr. Xiaodong LI, General Manager of Beijing East IP delivered welcome remarks
Dr. Xiaodong LI, General Manager of Beijing East IP and Mr. Andrew Schwaab of SVIPLA delivered their opening remarks to welcome all the attendees at the beginning of the Seminar. Both of them express their high expectations to this Seminar, and hope this unprecedented Seminar can push the exchange of U.S. and China IP exchanges to another level. Professor Weixing SHEN, Associate Dean of Tsinghua University School of Law followed with the morning Keynote speech focusing on “Innovation of China & IP Protection.”
After Professor SHEN’s speech, the Seminar dived into the following five topics surrounding the latest developments and enforcement of U.S. and China IP: 1) China Patent Developments and Enforcement, 2) Latest Trends of Patent Law and Corresponding Strategies for Foreign Applicants, Investors, and Companies, 3) SoftwarePatents in China and U.S., 4) Latest Developments and Recommendations Regarding NPEs, and 5) Latest Developments of China Trademark Law and Enforcement.
1. China Patent Developments and Enforcement
Martin Shively, General Manager Corporate Standards Ground of Microsoft moderated Panel 1 with presentations from Ms. Elaine Wu, Attorney at the Office of Policy and International Affairs of the USPTO, Mr. Xintian YIN, Former Spokesperson, General Director of Legal Affair Department of State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO), and Professor Guobin CUI of Tsinghua University School of Law.
Ms. Elaine Wu began her presentation with an introduction to SIPO, and developed into a series of explanations and interpretations of the latest developments and trends of China IP law, including the latest patent application filings from SIPO, the contents and trends of patent law amendment, service invention regulations, patent examination guidance amendment, judicial interpretations of patent infringements, China patent litigation trend, etc.
Mr. Xintian YIN began his presentation with a history of China patent law with a focus on two aspects of the latest patent law amendment: strengthen the enforcement of patent rights so to provide more effective legal protection for patentees, and prepare China to join the Hague Agreement to facilitate Chinese corporations to protect their design patents abroad. Mr. Yin discussed the actual contents of the patent amendment at length, analysis the effect and change to administrative investigation and enforcement between the patent law and the latest amendment. Mr. Yin also discussed the latest service invention regulations in-depth, and provided recommendations based on his experiences.
Professor Guobin CUI presented the enforcement of Standard-Essential patent and FRAND in China. Prof. CUI began with the choice of law when interpreting FRAND terms, where he used the Huawei v. IDC case to discuss the ambiguity in the legal nature of FRAND commitment. Prof. CUI concluded his presentation with a discussion on how to interpret FRAND statement under the China Contract Law.
2. Latest Trends of Patent Law and Corresponding Strategies for Foreign Applicants, Investors, and Companies
Dragon WANG, Vice General Manager of Beijing East IP moderated Panel 2 with presentations from Judge Yongshun CHENG, Former Deputy Chief Judge of the Beijing High Court IP Tribunal, Mr. Andrew Schwaab, Of Counsel of DLA Piper US LLP, and Dr. Jacques Michel, Former Vice President of the European Patent Office.
Judge Yongshun CHENG presented the new trends of Chinese courts in adjudicating patent infringement cases. Judge CHENG analyzed and commented on the following statistics, 1) the civil IP cases received and decided by all China courts from 2002 – 2012, 2) IP cases received by all China’s courts’ First Instance, and 3) civil IP cases received by all China’s courts’ First Instance. Moreover, Judge CHENG discussed changes of principlesapplied by the China courts in patent litigation at great length, and provided practical comments for foreign interested parties on patent litigations in China.
Mr. Andrew Schwaab provided practical strategies for American patent applicants and corporations who have litigations in China. Mr. Schwaab shared his experiences and discussed how US law firms and corporations can effectively prevail in China courts. During his discussion, Mr. Schwaab also invited Dr. Michel to share how the European counterparts win their lawsuits, effectively, in China.
Dr. Jacques Michel began his presentation with a history of cooperation on IP between China and the European Union. Dr. Michel then moved on to compare and comment based on different European countries’ patent filing, litigation statistics in China, where the statistics suggested that most of the European filings came from large corporations in European countries.
Mr. John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO presenting the Luncheon Keynote Speech
3. Software Patents in China and the U.S.
Mr. John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO presented the Luncheon Keynote Speech before the beginningof Panel 3. Director Cabeca introduced the latest status of the cooperation between the USPTO and China and talked about future developments. Mr. Brian Coleman, partner of Perkins Coie LLP moderated Panel 3 with presentations from Director Cabeca, Dr. Lulin GAO, Chairman of Beijing East IP, Professor Robin Feldman of University of California Hastings College of the Law, and Mr. Teddy Joe, senior patent counsel of Zynga Inc.
Panel 3 had a different style of presentation due to the popularity of software patent related topics between Silicon Valley attorneys. Dr. Lulin GAO gave the only presentation that focused on business method related software patents. Dr. GAO compared the U.S., Europe, Japan, and China’s examination on business method related software patents with his detailed analysis from many landmark cases. Thereafter, Dr. GAO focused his presentation on China’s examination on business method related software patent, and used the Nokia v. Huaqin Telecom Technology Co. Ltdpatent infringement case as a sample. Dr. GAO concluded with suggestions on applying business method related software patent in China. After Dr. GAO’s presentation, Mr. Coleman raised many issues that he and many practitioners faced when dealing with software related problems inthe U.S. and China to the panelists. The panelists presented their views from their various background, including government, law firm, academic, and corporation. During the panelists’ discussion, many audiences also actively engaged and interacted with the panelists for more than 30 minutes.
4. Latest Developments and Recommendations Regarding NPEs
Dr. Wei Wei, Partner of Shore Chan DePumpo LLP moderated Panel 4 with presentations from Michael Warnecke, partner of Perkins Coie LLP, Kenie Ho, partner of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, and discussions involving Howard Chen, partner of K&L Gates LLP.
Dr. Wei began by sharing his definitions of NPE (Non-Practicing Entities) from his experiences as a patent attorney in the U.S., and gave a short comments on the advantage and disadvantage of the existence of NPE.
Mr. Michael Warnecke presented “The Latest Developments and Recommendations Regarding NPEs,” and provided a very detailed background introduction of NPE, and followed with the developments of NPE and the U.S. government’s action on NPE. Mr. Warnecke then discussed about the different roles of NPE and their impact to the IP field. He concluded his personal view of the current the future status of NPE in China.
Mr. Kenie Ho presented “The Changing Climate for Patents in the United States.” Mr. Ho questioned the recent trend of strict examination came out of patent case laws and patent law amendments. Mr. Ho then discussed the power delegated to the judges in the new AIA, and the shifting of economic burden to the NPEs with other panelists. Mr. Ho also provided his analysis of the latest U.S. patent appeal’s statistics and their impact to the NPEs.
5. Latest Developments of China Trademark Law and Enforcement
Mr. John Crittenden, partner of Cooley LLP moderated Panel 5 with presentations from Mr. Zhongqiang CAO, Former Deputy Commissioner of the Chinese Trademark Office, Professor Doris Long of the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and Jason WANG, partner of Beijing East IP.
Mr. Zhongqiang CAO focused his presentation on the 2013 China Trademark Law amendments, and began with a short introduction of China’s trademark law history. Mr. CAO focused on the following three aspects of the amendments: 1) improve trademark registration regulation and facilitate the applicants, 2) maintain market order of fair competition, and 3) strengthen trademark exclusive right’s protection. During his presentation, Mr. CAO provided many detailed analysis and recommendations based on his experiences.
Professor Doris Long presented “The New Chinese Trademark Law: Sharper Tools for Trademark Enforcement?” to share and discuss with the audience the problems that are often faced when enforcing trademark rights in China, including: bootleg products, mistranslation, prior rights problems, enforcement problems in less developed cities due to China’s broad territory, etc. Not only did she pointed out these problems, Prof. Long also provided potential solutions to them.
Mr. Jason Wang used the Duck King trademark case that was selected by the Supreme People’s Court as the 2013 Top 10 Innovative IP Case. This case lasted for more than a decade, exhausted all possible legal procedures prescribed the law. It began with all the four administrative proceedings, i.e. rejection, rejection appeal, opposition, and opposition appeal, then both the two judicial proceedings (i.e. first and second instances), and then the first re-trial proceeding protested by the Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the second re-trial before China Supreme Court against the previous re-trial.Mr. WANG discussed the new standard of “Two Elements” established by the Supreme People’s Court, that is, “the knowledge standard” (knew or should have known) and “riding the goodwill standard” (with intention to free ride or invade other’s goodwill).
Finally, Mr. Bruce Lehman, president and chairman of the IIPI concluded the five panels with his presentation of “Cooperation or Conflict? The Way forward for the U.S. and China.” Mr. Lehman pointed out that U.S. and China are the two countries that holds the most patents in the world, therefore, the IP service industries in these two countries should cooperate in a great degree in order to assist the world’s IP development.
Beijing East IP hosted a cocktail reception after the conclusion of this one-day seminar for the panelists and the attendees. The atmosphere were very friendly, many attendees continued the discussion that they did not finish during the day, and exchange their views with the panelists or other attendees, which further elaborated the communication purpose of this seminar. Thereafter, the Gao Lulin Foundation hosted a banquet dinner to host all the panelists. Dr. GAO gave a special appreciation remarks to the panelists who were invited to this seminar. Dr. Gao concluded his remarks with the recognition of the this seminar’s purpose in improving the cooperation between the U.S. and China’s IP professionals.
Dr. Lulin GAO, Chairman of Beijing East IP gave his remarks at the banquet dinner
China’s rising economy puts intellectual property on the forefront of every major countries’ most concerned issues. Therefore, the communication scope, style, and representative-institutions between U.S. and China, two of the world’s most productive countries, seemed rather important. U.S. and China should consistently raise their trust in each other, minimize the difference between, increase the degree of cooperation. For this very idea, the Gao Lulin Foundation, SVIPLA, Beijing East IP, and Tsinghua University School of Law united to present the “2014 U.S. and China Intellectual Property Dialogue” Seminar, with the goal to provide a platform to strengthen the communication between the IP agencies between the U.S. and China, and create new energy into intellectual property practitioners in the many U.S. and China industries.
On October 17, 2014, 2014 Intellectual Property and Capital Market Forum in Yantai City was hosted by Yantai City Intellectual Property Office and Yantai City Bar Association, sponsored by Beijing East IP Ltd. and Beijing Wei Heng Law Firm Yantai Office was successfully held in Yantai Hai Yue Tower.
This forum invited former commissioners of SIPO, Mr. Lipu TIAN, Dr. Lulin GAO. General Manager Dr. Xiaodong LI and patent attorney Yongjun LI of Beijing East IP Ltd. And many experienced legal experts from Beijing Wei Heng Law Firm to bring the latest enterprise related IP developments and research results to the enterprises in Yantai.
The Forum’s topics surrounded the actual need of enterprise operation and inventive development, and the contents of the topics covers China’s IP status quo, corporate self-inventiveness and patent strategy, corporate IP management, corporate trademark management and protection, IP services invention, corporate financing, etc.
The Forum attracted more than 300 people arranging from entrepreneurs, corporate IP legal professionals, head of corporate technologies, core development professionals, attorneys, and IP brokers.
This level of the guest speakers and the numbers of attendees of this Forum were the best and most in any IP conferences in Yantai City with the most advanced and tailored topics to corporations.
Below are some pictures from the Forum:
Forum Opening, former SIPO commissioners Mr. Lipu TIAN and Dr. Lulin GAO sitting on stage
Spectacular turnout, no empty seats were available at the Forum
Former commissioner Mr. Lipu TIAN introduced China’ IP status quo and development prospects
Chairman Dr. Lulin GAO presented how IP could raise the core competitiveness of a corporation
General Manager Dr. Xiaodong LI presented corporate self-inventiveness and IP strategies
Dr. Lulin GAO answered corporate professionals’ questions after the Forum
Pictures with guest speakers
On October 2, 2014, the Gao Lulin Foundation and the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA) hosted, Beijing East IP and Tsinghua University School of Law sponsored the U.S. and China IP Dialogue seminar in Silicon Valley. More than 100 intellectual property government officials, scholars, lawyers and corporate representatives from China, U.S. and Europe attended this seminar.
The seminar invited Xingtian YIN, former Spokesperson, General Director of Legal Affair Department of SIPO, Guobin CUI, associate professor from Tsinghua University School of Law, Yongshun CHENG, former Deputy Chief Judge of the Beijing High Court IP Tribunal, Zhongqiang CAO, former Deputy Commissioner of the Chinese Trademark office, Elaine Wu, attorney at the Office of Policy and International Affairs of the USPTO, John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO, Teddy Joe, senior patent counsel of Zynga Inc., Professor Doris Long, Professor of the John Marshall Law School, Dr. Jacques Michel, former Vice President of the European Patent Office, and many other high level intellectual property officials to give presentations.
General Manager Dr. Xiaodong LI of Beijing East IP Ltd. gave an opening remarks, Chairman Dr. Lulin GAO gave an presentation on Software Business Method Patent in China, and had a very good interaction with the attendees about the software patent problems in U.S. and China. Vice General Manager Dragon WANG acted as a panel moderator, effectively moderated and asked many essential problems to the panelists for foreign applicants, investors, and practitioners who encounters intellectual property problems in China. Jason WANG partner of the Beijing East IP Law Firm shared the analysis of the Duck King retrial case by the Supreme People’s Court.
This seminar is the first seminar hosted by an intellectual property provider from China and the biggest intellectual property seminar in the Silicon Valley. This seminar not only promotes the understanding of China intellectual property laws and practices to U.S. corporations’ representatives, lawyers, but also provided advanced understanding of current practices in intellectual property filing and litigation in China.
On March 12, 2014, the Institute of Intellectual Property (IIP) and Beijing East IP Ltd. co-hosted an international seminar in Japan-China Friendship Center in Tokyo, Japan. This seminar was hosted by Mr. Nari NAKASHIMA, the Deputy Director of IIP. Mr. XiaodongLI, General Manager ofBeijing East IP Ltd., and Mr. Yoichi OMORI, Executive Director of IIP, each delivered a speech as representatives of the host at the opening of the seminar. More than 120 professionals attended this seminar, including IP lawyers and IP attorneys from domestic Japanese enterprise, attorney and attorney from Japanese patent law firm, examiners from the Japan Patent Office, professional IP experts from IP organizations and universities.
Mr. Yoichi OMORI, Executive Director of IIP delivered opening speech
Mr. XiaodongLI, General Manager of Beijing East IP Ltd. delivered opening speech
Dr. LulinGAO, Chairman of Beijing East IP Ltd. presented a remarkable speech on China Intellectual Property Protection – With a Focus on Patent Protection.Mr. Dragon WANG, Vice General Manager of Beijing East IP Ltd. presented a lively speech based on his abundantexperiences on Patent Infringement Litigation Issues International Enterprises Should Caution When Litigate in China. During the Q & A session, speakers answered questions for exploitation of two applications based on one invention, the environment characteristics of use based on typical case, NPE, and other hot topics.
LulinGAO, Chairman of Beijing East IP Ltd. presented at the seminar
Dragon WANG, Vice General Manager of Beijing East IP Ltd. presented at the seminar
More than 120 IP professionals attended this seminar
Q & A Session
After the seminar, IIP and Beijing East IP Ltd. held a small cocktail reception at Yu Yuan Restaurant across from the Japan-China Friendship Center. Attorneys from our firm, researchers from IIP, and the attendees had pleasant interaction and improved mutual understanding.
Members of the Host of the Cocktail Reception
This seminar utilized multiple sessions of speech, Q&A, and interactions to allow IP professionals of Japanese enterprise and law firm understand the latest development of China IP protection. This seminar also provided advisory opinions on how can foreign enterprises protect IP rights in China through their experience and analysis of typical cases.
On April 10, 2014, Beijing Eat IP organized a team to attend the AUTM Asia 2014 in Taipei. During the conference, many worldwide intellectual property experts discussed important issues in the field, including industry-academia collation, technology transfer, innovation creation, intangible property evaluation, high value patent, resolution of intellectual property disputes in litigation, arbitration, and mediation, recent breakthroughs in life science/agriculture technology, ICT, and creative industries.
Dr. Bo-in LIN of Beijing East IP presented at the AUTM Asia 2014
The 2nd Seminar on Regulations on Unfair Competition on the Internet, jointly held by the Copyright Union of Internet Society of China, Beijing East IP Ltd. and K & L Gates LLP, was successfully held On April 15, 2014. Partners from K & L Gates, Mr. Hugh Bangasser and Ms. Kate Spelman, were invited as key speakers. Over 30 attorneys from renowned domestic internet companies attended.
The Seminar continued with the subject of the 1st Seminar and extended the discussion in respect of the US and Europeinternet unfair competition regulations and practices. The Seminar also probed into the decision made by the China SupremeCourt on Tencent v.Qihoo360 Technology. Moreover, the seminar introduced the “Early Neutral Evaluation” alternative disputes settlement resolution and experiences used in the U.S., and discussed such alternative disputes settlement trial practice withspecific cases.
In November 2013, Beijing East IP organized a team to attend the Intellectual Property Litigation Evidence Regulation Seminar hosted by the Supreme People’s Court and Jiangsu High Court in Nanjing. This seminar increased our attorneys and lawyer’s professional skills in intellectual property litigations.
On November 6, 2013, Copyright Union of Internet Society of China and Beijing East IP Ltd. jointly hosted Seminar on Unfair Competition on Internet in the office of Beijing East IP Ltd.. The seminar invited Ms. Kate Spelman, partner at K & L Gates as the lecturer. More than twenty attorneys from famous Internet companies in China attended the seminar.
The seminar explored the court trials and solutions of Unfair Competition and anti-trust on Internet, by citing specific cases in U.S., Europe and China.
On June 16 – 17, 2013, Beijing East IP attended the China Intellectual Property Symposium (Xi’An) 2013 hosted by the All-China Patent Attorneys Association (ACPAA) and FICPI China. The Symposium increased the communication between Beijing East IP and foreign intellectual property professionals, increased our team’s professionalism in providing high quality services to domestic and foreign clients.