Section 337 investigation sparks fears of patent war

US company iRobot claims six of its patents for robotic vacuum cleaners have been infringed. A recent Section 337 investigation application filed with the United States International Trade Commission marks the start of a "patent war" concerning robotic vacuum cleaners that is expected to affect the industry worldwide, industrial insiders said. Leading manufacturer in consumer robots iRobot, headquartered in the US, filed the complaint against 11 rivals - including three from the Chinese mainland - in April, claiming they had infringed its six paten…

He Zhimin Met Delegation from Global IPR Center for American Chamber of Commerce

He Zhimin, vice president of the State Intellectual Property Office, met the director of the Global Center for American Chamber of Commerce Alan Schmansky. Other delegates from America included David Campos, former director of the US Patent and Trademark Office(USPTO), Randall Rader, former chief justice of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and Mark Cohen, senior advisor of the USPTO. Both parties made in-depth exchanges in terms of such subjects as patent law revision, service invention regulation and drug patent linkage. He recognized the contributions made by the…

SPC president meets WIPO delegation

The president of China’s top court met with a delegation led by Francis Gurry, director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on May 15 in Beijing. Zhou Qiang, president and chief justice of China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC), welcomed Gurry, saying that WIPO’s visit will surely bring bilateral cooperation to a higher level. The SPC and WIPO maintain a sound long-term partnership. Not long ago, the two sides signed a Memorandum of Understanding for further exchanges and cooperation and protection of intellectual property, according to Zhou. Zhou introduced C…