Düsseldorf, May 10, 2017 – China is steadily developing its IP system. The State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO) has now revised the test guidelines for software-related inventions and facilitated the access to software patents for companies.Among other things, the existing restrictions in the formulation of claims no longer apply as of April 1, 2017. Thus, terms like "computer program product" or "machine-readable medium" may be permissible in future. A more comprehensive protection of software-related inventions is therefore possible. Improvements are also expected for patents relating to business methods and patent invalidation procedures. "These changes are a further step towards an effective patent system in China," says Mathias Karlhuber, Patent Attorney and Partner at Cohausz & Florack (C&F). "The People's Republic is thus developing not only into an important player in the area of high technology, but is also becoming ever more attractive as a location for patent infringement proceedings."C&F will provide information on further progress in the area of IP and about business strategies for foreign companies in its seminar "Spotlight on China" on May 16, 2017 in Düsseldorf. In addition to experienced C&F patent attorneys, informing about patent enforcement, patent disputes and the protection of know-how in China, external speakers from the legal, economics and science sectors will also be present: Susanne Szczesny-Oßing, Chairwoman of the Supervisory Board of EWM AG, Professor Dr. Markus Taube, Expert for East-Asian Economic Studies, Ben Wang, Vice-President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at ZTE in the USA and Shengping Yang, Patent Attorney und Partner at Beyond Attorneys At Law. They will provide participants with valuable insights based on their experience with China's property rights system. A panel discussion about business interaction and negotiation strategies in China will provide further valuable input.The English-language seminar “Spotlight on China” will take place on
May 16, 2017
at 1:00 pm
in the offices of
Cohausz & Florack
The number of participants is limited. Representatives of the press are also very welcome. For further information and registration, please go to www.cohausz-florack.de.