OPLA CLE Luncheon - Recent Developments in China’s IP System and Introduction to China’s Utility Model System and Anti-Unfair Competition Law via Discussion of Recent Cases


Speaker: Christopher Shaowei, Partner with NTD Intellectual Property Attorneys

Description: The years 2018-2019 have been years of conflict for trade between China and the United States. They have also been years in which China’s IP system changed and interesting IP cases were decided. Mr. Christopher Shaowei will present the following topics:

  • Recent structural changes to judicial and administrative authorities in China. China's Patent Office and Trademark Office merged in September 2018. A national appellate court (similar to CAFC) was established under China’s Supreme Court on January 1, 2019. Such changes will significantly influence the tailoring of IP strategy enforcement for international companies.
  • Introduction to China's utility model system, its enforcement strategy, and discussion of the case Winersun vs. various infringers (in which a utility model patent owned by Winersun was held valid after 22 invalidation procedures, with 25 million US dollars awarded in damages).
  • Introduction to China's Anti-Unfair Competition Law, the enforcement strategy for trade dress, and discussion of Range Rover vs. Land Wind (2019 case). Range Rover has successfully protected the trade dress of Range Rover Evoque by means of anti-unfair competition laws despite losing design-patent protection for the subject vehicle.

Christopher Shaowei. Christopher is a senior partner at NTD Intellectual Property attorneys and has practiced IP law for more than 30 years. He has litigated many complex IP cases and frequently represented his clients before courts and administrative agencies in China. He also provides legal services in various areas of IP including client counseling; licensing; dispute resolutions before administrative and judicial authorities; litigations related to patent, trademark, copyright, trade secrets, and unfair competition; domain name disputes; and patent prosecution.

Christopher has been actively involved in the legislative process in China relating to IP laws and regulations and is a frequent speaker/panelist on topics of Customs IP enforcement, IP litigation, and technology transfer issues at various well known world conferences and seminars.

Christopher has been honored for 15 consecutive years as the leading practitioner in IP litigation in China.

OPLA annual business. The OPLA Board will also conduct Board elections. The Board plans to make the following nominations for 2019:

President: Amber Sun

President-elect: Wes Nicholson

Treasurer: Sarah Jelsema

Secretary: Tim Delong

Associate Member: Jonathan Ward

Associate Member: Michelle Craig

Price: $18.00 or $30 with lunch (please bring cash or check payment on the day of the event)

Date: May 15, 2019 from Noon to 1pm

OR CLE Credit: Applying to OR State Bar for 1 General Credit

Kells Irish Pub
112 SW 2nd Ave
Portland, OR 97204


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