China IP Magazine Weekly Newsletter (May 10-14, 2021) --- China Intellectual Property

China IP Magazine Weekly Newsletter (May 10-14, 2021)
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National-level branding: 2,473 geographical indication products generated!

China is putting relentless efforts to build brand identities for the constellation of specialty products of Chinese origin, targeting consumers at home and abroad. The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has recently revealed that as of the end of March 2021, 2,473 geographical indication products have been approved, and 6,209 geographical indications have been registered as collective or certification marks. For example, the geographic indication of Xili Tribute Rice was approved for the high-quality rice produced in Rongjiang County, Guizhou Province, China.

In the first quarter of 2021, the CNIPA newly approved 99 geographical indication products (including 96 mutual recognition and guarantee geographical indication products) and 124 geographical indications registered as collective trademarks and certification marks. The CNIPA also approved the applications of geographical indications of 1,461 enterprises, seeing a year-on-year growth rate of 669%.

In 2020, the CNIPA issued the "Measures for the Administration of the Use of Special Marks for Geographical Indications (for Trial Implementation)". The act aimed at facilitating the protection of geographical indications. In 2020, the revenue of the enterprises generated by using geographical indications on their products reached about 10 billion USD.

Source: Xinhua News

中国正在持续建立面向国内外消费者的中国产品的品牌形象。中国国家知识产权局(CNIPA)近期透露,截至2021年3月,已批准了2,473种地理标志产品,并注册了6,209种地理标志作为集体商标或证明商标。 例如,锡利贡米的地理标志已获准用于中国贵州省榕江县生产的优质大米。





Annual parade: 22nd WIPO-CNIPA awards announced!

The complete list of the Winners of the 22nd WIPO-CNIPA Award for Chinese Outstanding Patented Invention was announced to domestic media to solicit public opinions by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) on May 10, 2021. Given annually by the CNIPA in association with the World Intellectual Property Office (WIPO), the awards are a national top recognition of excellence in the innovations and promotions achieved in China’s IP system.

30 Gold Medals, 60 Silver Medals, and 826 Merit Medals were awarded for innovations. 10 Gold Medals, 15 Silver Medals, and 56 Honorable Mentions were awarded for industrial designs. The window of time available for the submission of public opinions was set to be May 10 to 14, 2021. Any questions and suggestions could be delivered to the administrative office of the Award in written form.

Domestic institutions of higher learning have been obtaining steadily stronger presence in the field of innovations, in the capacity of standalone inventors or first inventors. 5 Golds, 8 Silvers, and 70 Honorable Mentions were secured under their belts at the 22nd Award.

The Award ceremony will be held in China’s Dalian city.



据统计,高校作为独立完成单位或第一完成单位,在本届拟获奖项目数为83项,成绩极为亮眼。 其中,高校拟获中国专利金奖预获奖项目5项,中国专利银奖预获奖项目8项,中国专利优秀奖预获奖项目70项。


China is leading the world of 6G patents, briefly?

In late April, the China National Intellectual Property Administration released a “6G Communications Technology Patent Development Report”, identifying more than 38,000 rights applications thought to be relevant to the next generation of wireless standards. The headline finding is that 35% of the cited patents come from China. That represents a lead over the United States, which is the next biggest source of possible 6G patents with 18% of the total.

Despite all, the top five entities identified as holding 6G-relevant rights are all from Japan and South Korea. The leaders of the pack so far: NEC, Daewoo Communications, Mitsubishi Electric, ETRI, and Samsung. Huawei and ZTE don’t figure in the top 10, while Chengdu city-based University of Electronic Science and Technology of China made it onto the list.

It is also noteworthy that 80% of the 6G telecommunications patents applications in China were conducted by domestic entities, of which the top 10 are Chinese universities and research institutes.




Goodbye, LEDs: LG Innotek to sell out LED patents and equipment to Chinese firm
再见LED:LG Innotek将向中国公司出售LED专利和设备

LG InnoTek, a subsidiary of LG Corporation devoted to electronic components, will sell its patents and equipment related to its LED business to a Chinese LED company, according to The Elec, a local media outlet. The South Korean component maker will clean out equipment related to LED at its Paju plant within the month, people familiar with the matter said. LG InnoTek will hand over some 10,000 patents related to LED to its Chinese counterpart. Besides the payment, this will allow the Korean firm to save around 1 billion won in maintaining those patents. Last year, LG began talks to sell its LED patents and equipment for 100 billion won in turn-key fashion. The Chinese company will be able to make a profit from the LED business, and the secured patents will also allow it to defend itself from potential lawsuits filed by rivals. LG InnoTek has invested largely in its LED business before selling it, especially in ultraviolet (UV) LED areas. The deal to sell the business likely went through because of the high-value patents related to UV LED. Some have voiced concern over the selling of UV LED patents as they believed LG InnoTek could license them instead. The South Korea component maker decided to exit the LED business in October, 2019. In the second quarter of 2020, it attempted to sell its LED facilities in China and South Korea, but these talks were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

据当地媒体The Elec称,LG公司致力于电子组件的子公司LG InnoTek将把与LED业务相关的专利和设备出售给一家中国LED公司。知情人士说,这家韩国组件制造商将在一个月内在京畿坡州工厂拆除与LED相关的设备。LG InnoTek将把与LED相关的约10,000项专利移交给其中国同行。除了付款外,这家韩国公司还将节省约10亿韩元的专利维护费用。去年,LG开始进行谈判,以一揽子竞标方式出售其LED专利和设备,价格为1000亿韩元。这家中国公司将能够从LED业务中获利,而获得担保的专利也将使其能够为竞争对手的潜在诉讼辩护。 LG InnoTek在出售之前已在其LED业务上进行了大量投资,尤其是在紫外线(UV)LED领域。出售该业务的交易很可能是由于与UV LED相关的高价值专利而达成的。部分人士对出售UV LED专利表示了担忧,因为他们相信LG InnoTek将会为它们提供使用许可。这家韩国组件制造商决定于2019年10月退出LED业务。在2020年第二季度,它试图出售其在中国和韩国的LED工厂,但由于COVID-19大流行,这些谈判被推迟了。

Huawei’s Q1 patent licensing income overtakes Nokia and Ericsson

According to the Q1 earnings results announced by Huawei in late April, its patent royalty figures, which has not previously reported quarterly licensing revenues, has reached $600 million. It suggests that Huawei earned more from patents than either Nokia or Ericsson in the first three months of 2021. Ericsson’s patent licensing revenue in the quarter was reported to be $96 million.

根据华为在四月下旬公布的第一季度财报,其专利使用费数据(之前未报告季度许可收入)已达到6亿美元。 这表明,在2021年的前三个月中,华为从专利中获得的收入比诺基亚或爱立信都高。据报道,该季度爱立信的专利许可收入为9600万美元。

Tailing Huawei: OPPO also became HEVC Advance licensor
继华为之后OPPO成为HEVC Advance专利池许可方

On May 6, 2021, OPPO, a Chinese smart device company with increasing global presence, announced that it had become a licensor of the HEVC Advance Patent Pool. With this addition, OPPO’s HEVC/H.265 standard essential patents were included in the HEVC Advance patent portfolio license, which now totals over 13,700 worldwide patents and counting. Last January, another Chinese smart device maker Huawei was inducted by HEVC Advance as its patent pool’s licensor and licensee.

In October 2019, OPPO participated in the Media Coding Industry Forum (MC-IF) as one of the organization’s members, which include Intel, Ericsson, Tencent, etc. At the forum, OPPO revealed that it had been growing its patent portfolio of VVC/H.266 technology, a perfect companion to 5G.

As of March 2021, OPPO has filed for 61,000-plus patents as and granted 26,000-plus licenses worldwide. Beyond its constant focus on video codec technologies, OPPO has been striving to build a strong pool of patents to 5G telecommunications standards in over 20 countries and regions worldwide. And it has even filed for 2,450 AI patents.

About Access Advance:

Access Advance LLC (formerly HEVC Advance LLC) is an independent licensing administrator company formed to lead the development, administration, and management of patent pools for licensing essential patents of the most important standards-based video codec technologies. Access Advance currently manages and administers the HEVC Advance Patent Pool for licensing patents essential to H.265/HEVC technology and is currently in the development phase for its VVC Advance Patent Pool for licensing essential patents to VVC/H.266 technology.

5月6日,OPPO官方正式对外宣布,公司将作为许可方正式加入HEVC Advance专利池, 这就意味着OPPO的HEVC/H.265标准必要专利将会被收录到HEVC Advance专利池的许可中,与Access Advance展开专利合作,并且向其他企业提供专利服务。HEVC Advance是一个独立的许可管理机构,主要是运营管理目前最先进的视频压缩标准技术专利。并且,HEVC Advance 专利池目前包括了全球超过 13700 件专利,并且还在持续增加中。此举充分体现了OPPO在视频编解码专利上的实力。


The IP in Fonts and typefaces matters, dearly

China is witnessing the amount of lawsuits to have spiked 100 times over the infringement of the IP in font and typeface designs over a decade, The Beijing News has learned. The damages per infringement in suits filed against e-commerce shop owners have averaged 800 USD.

The case where Founder Group, a Chinese technology conglomerate, sued Blizzard Entertainment, a US game giant, over the fonts of Chinese calligraphy, asking for damages of about 40 million USD, massively raised the awareness of the IP in the font and typeface designs in China 14 years ago.

Upon the characters “字体 著作权” (“font copyright” in Chinese) being typed into the search engine on the Qichacha website, 352 cases of copyright infringement of font and typeface designs will be presented as results pages to function as risk warnings against the enterprises involved in these cases as defendants. So far, there have been 34 actions filed in 2021.

据《新京报》了解,在过去的十年中,中国的字体和字体设计中的知识产权侵权诉讼案数量已经激增了100倍。 针对电子商务店铺所有者提起的侵权诉讼所造成的平均损害赔偿为每起800美元。

中国技术企业方正集团(Founder Group)起诉美国游戏巨头暴雪娱乐公司,要求其赔偿有关中国书法字体的损失约4000万美元。在14年前的中国,这起案件在很大程度上唤醒了人们在字体及字体设计方面的知识产权保护意识。


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