China Bulletin - Business, Trade and Competition - October 2012

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In This Issue:

- China Seeks Comments on Draft Patent Law

- China Requests WTO Consultations with United States Regarding PL 112-99, Certain AD/CVD Measures

- Taiwan Signs Agreements on Investment Protection and Customs Cooperation with the Mainland

- Excerpt from China Seeks Comments on Draft Patent Law:

On August 10, 2012, China's State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) released a notice to seek public comments on the draft Patent Law (the 4th amendment) (the “Draft”), aiming to address patent enforcement challenges, particularly those revealed in administrative enforcement issues related to patent infringement. The Draft amends the current Patent Law in seven provisions, which grant more authority to the departments of patent administration (DPA), e.g., the SIPO and local intellectual property offices, for investigating and collecting evidence related to patent infringement as well as determining penalty amounts for compensation to victims of infringement after a finding of infringement.

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