Practising Law Institute (PLI) will be offering a one-hour webcast on "Chinese Patent Developments" on February 26, 2018 beginning at 4:00 pm (Eastern). Elizabeth Chien-Hale of the Institute for Intellectual Property in Asia will discuss the latest and future changes planned by China's State Intellectual Property Office, both structurally (local IP bureaus, satellite offices) and legally (changes to Patent Examination Guidelines and the Patent Law). Attendees will also receive point‑by‑point comparisons between several areas of patent law that were much discussed in the U.S. system in recent years, and their counterparts in the Chinese system. The webcast will use examples and cases to illustrate the changes in Chinese patent system in the following three areas:
• Quality and Scope: accelerated examination, expanded protection for software and business method patents, and proposed changes to the Fourth Amendments to the Patent Law;
• Protection: increasing efforts on administrative enforcement, reducing burden on evidence collection, increasing damage awards; and
• Commercialization: innovation-based entrepreneurship.
The registration fee for this webcast is $299. Those interested in registering for the webcast, can do so here.