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Annual Report
Annual Report 2006-2007
2010-10-15
 

    In 2006-2007, for the protection of IP in China and build a innovative country, ACPAA organized lots of events including:

  1. Involve in the draft of National IP Stratagem of China and IP Intermediate Services Stratagem; China is going to implement the National IP Stratagem, and ACPAA will engage in one of 20 subjects of this Stratagem, namely the strategy of IP intermediate service. ACPAA actively studies and sets up plans for the promotion of strategy so as to guarantee a good effect; sketches a middle-term and long-term development plan, and strengthens the profession all around.
  2. Involve in the amendment of Patent Law of China. ACPAA set up feedback channels with Legislative Office of the State Council, State Intellectual Property Office and United Front Work Department of the CPC Central Committee, submit for several times the proposals of patent agents to the amendment of Patent Law, Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law, Examination Guideline and Regulations on Patent Commissioning. The ad hoc committees of ACPAA focus on some hotspot issues of the profession, and collaborate with IP department of enterprises and other associations.
  3. Set up professional standard For the purpose of providing better quality and more cost-effective services to the clients by patent agents, enhance the supervision and guidance to the profession, ACPAA sets up professional standard and regulates the practice of patent agents.
  4. Strengthen the self-discipline and supervision. ACPAA is the member of patent disciplinary committee of SIPO, executes the Disciplinary Rules for Patent Agency (Tentative), receives complaints, mediates disputes and inhibits unfair competition, punishes illegal practice together with local IP bureau, sets up credibility evaluation index, establishes credible system, instructs and guides patent agent to practice in an honest way, promotes the healthy development of the profession.
  5. Actively Develop International Cooperation and Exchanges. ACPAA keeps good relations with many foreign counterparts and cooperates with them in a positive way. In 2006-2007, ACPAA held joint meetings with Patentanwaltskammer (PAK), Korean Patent Attorneys Association (KPAA), Japan Patent Attorneys Association (JPAA), Compagnie Nationale des Conseils en Propriete Industrielle (CNCPI) to exchange views and promote mutual understanding. In 2007, ACPAA also received the visits from Japan IP Association (JIPA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), Korean IP Office (KIPO), IP Owners Association (IPO), Institute of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys of Australia (IPTA) and so on. The workshops ACPAA organized in 2007 included topics on amendment to Patent Law, establishment of IP court, IP civil litigating rights, patent licensing and litigation, development of Canadian patent systems and how to confirm the inventor in law of China etc.
  6. Encourage Multi-lateral International Exchanges. ACPAA encourages Chinese patent agents to join international activities, including meetings organized by WIPO, AIPPI, AIPLA, INTA, FICPI, LES and NGO Coordination Meetings etc. The secretariat of ACPAA is also the secretariat of FICPI China Section. In September 2007, with the support of FICPI International and SIPO, “FICPI China Symposium was held in Beijing, 280 representatives from 26 countries participated in this event and the symposium achieved a big success. The discussion in this conference contained writing skills of claims, the differences of patent infringement judgment standards in different areas, and comparison among designs, trade marks and copyrights etc. This event became the milestone of ACPAA’s international cooperation.
  7. ACPAA is a Trustworthy Partner in International cooperation. In 2006, together with our partner EPO, ACPAA implemented a project entitled “A Comprehensive Programme of Patent Enforcement Support in China”. The programme includes 4 activities, they are: Study tour for revision of Regulations on Patent Commissioning in Germany, France and U.K.; “Training course for Chinese senior managers of patent agencies” in Beijing; “Training course on patent licensing” in Shangha i; and “Training course on patent infringement judgment” in Guangzhou. Around 300 IP practitioners from patent agencies, research institutes, IP workers from government and industrial companies joined these trainings. The final report of programme was submitted to European Commission for censorship in due course, the project was evaluated as “one of the best projects implemented”.
  1. Enhance training to patent agents. For the purpose of promoting the ability of the patent agents, one third of them practice in patent agencies has to join the training courses organized by ACPAA. The training on their practical skills, national and international laws, and foreign languages is aim to raise the overall quality of the profession. In 2007, ACPAA organized 34 seminars and training courses, in which 2336 person-time patent agents participated. ACPAA also sets up favorable policies for the underdeveloped regions so as to improve the overall quality of Chinese patent agents.
  2. Bridge and set up a platform for patent agents and State Intellectual Property Office to better communicate. With the national policy to build a innovative country and the rise of awareness of the public, patent applications increased dramatically. According to the statistic of SIPO, the patent application handled by patent agents reached around 70% of total applications. Therefore, the quality of patent commissioning has direct impact on the quality and timing of examination. In 2007, several seminars with examiners were held on the subjects of electricity, mechanism, biological pharmacy, draft of applications, how to answer OA, PCT application, and examination procedure. To improve the quality of examination, ACPAA signed a contract on “Establishment of Quality Feedback System” with SIPO so as to facilitate patent agents to give feedbacks and suggestions to the examination through internet, telephone or other means. In addition, ACPAA participated in the research on the subject: “Status quo of Patent Commissioning in China”, “Improvement of Patent Searching Report” and “Connection between Patent Agents’ Skill and the Way of Examination of Utility Model” etc.
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