In 2009, All-China Patent Agents Association (ACPAA) thoroughly implemented the spirit of the 17th National Congress, adhered to Deng Xiaoping Theory and “Three Represents” as guidance, and carried out an in-depth practice the scientific concept of development. Under the concern and guidance of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the great support from the Bureau Office, Department of Treaty and Law, Planning Department, Personnel Department, Patent Office, Administrative Department of Examination Business, Patent Reexamination Board and other departments concerned, ACPAA actively promoted the National Intellectual Property Strategy Compendium around work of center of SIPO. The association seriously implemented Development Plan of the Patent Commissioning Industry (2009-2015), helped to improve the comprehensive capacity of patent examination, and encouraged continuous development and progress of the patent agency industry. APCPAA made remarkable achievements in all the work, basically reflect in the following respects.
· I．Steadily promoting the national intellectual property strategy, and strictly enforcing industry development planning.
To advance the implementation of The National Intellectual Property Strategy Compendium, and play more important role of the patent agency industry in he aspects of creating, utilizing, protecting and managing intellectual property rights, SIPO on 19th March 2009 issued Development Plan of the Patent Commissioning Industry (2009-2015), which is an important measure for the patent agency industry carrying out The National Intellectual Property Strategy Compendium.
In 2009, the association actively promoted the implementation of the planning. ACPAA has initiated and implemented six projects, including Start-up work of Promotion, Inspection, Supervision and Implementation about the Development Plan of the Patent Commissioning Industry (2009-2015) in the implementation initial period, Guidance standards of the Patent Commissioning Service, the Training Guide for Patent Commissioning Practitioner, and Purgation, Development and Update of Patent Commissioning Practitioner Database, which has been completed. The Information Management Platform of Patent Agents integrity and the Client Management System of Electronic Application have acquired the better stage achievements.
· II. Improving management of patent agency industry, strengthening construction of patent agency industry
In 2009, ACPAA further improved patent agency industry standards, actively participated in the discussion about revisions of Regulations on Patent Commissioning, and primarily accomplished the revised draft of Professional Ethics and Discipline of Patent Agents through extensive solicitation of opinions of patent agents.
In 2009, ACPAA further strengthened self-disciplinary management on the industry, and launched Integrity Management of the patent commissioning. It assisted SIPO to investigate and handle partial abnormal patent applications, dealt with the problems reflected by certain inventors in the practice of patent agents and carried out the specialized control project on regulation of service and fees behavior.
In 2009, ACPAA further increased service standards of patent commissioning industry, and it formulated and promulgated the Guidance standard of the Patent Commissioning Service that was the first service guidance standard in patent agency industry.
In 2009, ACPAA continued to strengthen the basic research on industry development, and launched investigation of tax status in patent commissioning industry.
In 2009, ACPAA continued to conduct the work of strictly issuing patent agents’ practicing certificates that are commissioned by SIPO. It developed practicing certificate of patent agents database, formulated the Regulation about Awarding Practicing Certificates of the Patent Agents. The association implemented the system that information of issuing, altering and canceling practicing certificates of patent agents was announced monthly, and regularly conveyed practicing information to local Intellectual Property Offices.In 2009, new practicing certificates of the patent agents (402) were awarded; practicing certificates of the patent agents (443) were awarded through formalities for changing of patent agencies (including made-up); and practicing certificates of the patent agents (337) were cancelled. The number of the patent agencies is up to 762, and patent agents are 6022.
· III. Vigorously carrying out education and training, strengthening development of patent agent talent teams
In 2009, ACPAA continued to strengthen standardization and systemization of training work, and formulated the Training Guide for Patent Commissioning Practitioner and its implementation opinions. The association established the coordinators system of education training, and improved the web-based training record inquiry system. It produced training materials in CD-ROM, and established databases of Teacher training and training materials, as well as outstanding talent pools from patent agents.
In 2009, ACPAA vigorously carried out education and training work, and continuously strengthened talents squad construction. The association organized a total of 27 training sessions and seminars that drew an audience of 2922, which was about 50% of patent agents throughout the country. Such activities included 3 training courses on revised patent law, 4 on-the-job training courses for patent agents, 6 training courses on patent examination development trend, and 8 other special training courses, such as patent information retrieval.
· IV. Strengthening exchanges between patent agents and various examination departments of SIPO, producing bridge ligament effect
In 2009, ACPAA continued to strengthen the communication between patent agents and various examination departments of SIPO, such work included: organizing patent agents and enterprises’ patent practitioners to participate in the advice-seeking meeting for revised Patent Examination Guidelines; arranging patent agents to attend the seminar of utility model examination and patent agents, as well as the conference held by patent reexamination committee; assisting China Intellectual Property Training Centre to organize the eighth seminar of national patent examination and patent commissioning sponsored by Administrative Department of Examination Business of SIPO.
In 2009, ACPAA continued to assist SIPO to handle external feedback on the patent quality examination, which included: timely conveying SIPO’s replies and opinions regarding external feedback on the patent quality to patent agents through the Internet; writing 4 issues of quarterly analysis briefings, 4 issues of constructive action reports, and the 2009 annual report on external feedback system of quality examinations; building a contact team for external feedback on quality examinations, as well as holding the second advice-seeking meeting for external feedback on quality examinations.
· V. Strengthening industry academic research work, nurturing industry academic atmosphere
In 2009, ACPAA continued to strengthen industry academic research work, nurtured industry academic atmosphere and paid attention to the role of academic council. The association held the working conference of enterprise professional committee and utility model professional committee, and design seminar organized in WUHAN by design professional committee. Furthermore, it made preparations for the essay activities about Annual Academic Conference of ACPAA 2010 and academic communication conference.
In 2009, ACPAA continued to complete the compilation, publication and circulation of China Patent Agency. The association issued a total of 24.000 copies throughout the year, an increase of 10 percent from last year.
· VI. Deepening exchanges and cooperation to set up platform for promoting industry internationalization level
In 2009, ACPAA deepened exchanges and cooperation, continually expanded exchanges channel, and actively promoted industry internationalization level. In 2009, the association received 241 foreign guests that came from Japan, the United States, South Korea, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Africa etc. It organized 3 delegations that successfully visited the Office of Harmonization for the Internal Market (OHIM), Belgian Intellectual Property Law Association, French Intellectual Property Law Association (CNCPI), Centre for International Industrial Property Studies (CEIPI) and American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). The association exchanged students between China and Germany, and attended the eighth coordination meeting of International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI). ACPAA held 7 international seminars, which included: China-Japan designs seminar under new patent law, China-Holland intellectual property seminar, China-UK intellectual property seminar, the 18th China-Japan (Xi’an) seminar on intellectual property, Korean training courses for intellectual property translation talents, International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) China (Shenzhen) seminar and the 21st China-Japan APCAA conference.
In addition, the ACPAA Secretariat, as the Secretariat of the FICPI China branch, also processed and completed all kinds of routine affairs in 2009.
· Ⅶ. Extensively carrying out trade promotion, and creating favorable social atmosphere for industry development
In 2009, through websites, China Patent Agency, newspapers and other media, ACPAA carried out content-rich and various forms industry promotional activities, which mainly included: participating in solicit contributions of articles commemorating the 30th anniversary of SIPO; completing the writing of Yearbook of intellectual property rights related to ACPAA; opening online columns to focus on measuring a publicity report about news and articles issued by Planning; publishing Planning-related Articles on China Patent Agency; assisting SIPO to hold the news conference on Planning; making arrangements for SIPO leaders’ special interview together with SIPO office; giving a press conference on Guidance Standard of the Patent Commissioning Service; as well as sending persons invited by IP salon of People’ net to attend the interview of “The Policy of Grant funds for international patent applications abroad”.
· Ⅶ. Extensively carrying out trade promotion, and creating favorable social atmosphere for industry development
In 2009, to strengthen Organization Development of ACPPA, it held the third session of the seventh director congress, as well as 3 meetings of the Standing Council, and initiated the preparations for the change work of the eighth national member congress.
In 2009, to further enhance development of the personal team, the secretariat of ACPPA formulated post responsibility of each department, perfected various rules and regulations, established management measure of ACPPA chop, as well as developed attendance management procedure of ACPPA.
In a word, under the right leadership and the strong support of SIPO, ACPPA identified the construction of innovation-oriented country as a grand goal, regarded the promotion of patent agency industry development as our own duties, then it made remarkable achievements in all things. Although the year of 2009 is fertile territory, it leaves something to improve. Thus, under the scientific development, ACPPA with pioneering spirit, realistic and pragmatic attitude, and unremitting efforts will constantly promote patent agency industry to develop forward unceasingly.