We provide a variety of patent services involving invention, utility model, and design and covering a vast majority of the technical fields.

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DETAILED INTRODUCTIONS

Patent protection plays a very crucial role in the development of an enterprise, and the establishment and the improvement of the patent strategy are essential for the enterprise to enhance the core competitiveness in the market at home and abroad. We are able to help the enterprise assess its own patent status overall, and further analyze the relevant information regarding the industry policy, the industry status, the patent status and the R&D dynamic condition of the competitors, and so on. On this basis, we can help the enterprise customize the patent strategy, and therefore, help the enterprise seek the maximum economic benefits in the technology competition and the market competition, and maintain the enterprise's technology advantages

Example 1:

We were entrusted with establishing a patent strategy for a domestic enterprise. At first, we investigated the basic status involving the patent status of the enterprise comprehensively and deeply, and then we focused on the analysis of the industry policy, the industry status, R&D of the enterprise, patents distribution of its main competitors, and so on. And then, in combination with the goal and characteristics of the business, we determined the strategic goal of the patent creation, implementation, protection and management, established the strategic steps to achieve the goal, and finally, we finished the research report of the patent strategy for the enterprise.
We are able to provide you with a full range of patent search service. For example, we can provide you with novelty/inventiveness search, prior art evidence search for the invalidation, infringement risk search for the infringement analysis, defense evidence search for the patent infringement lawsuit, special topic search surrounding a technical topic, a specific patent applicant or inventor, search for the legal status and distribution of patents or patent applications.
In addition, we can provide you with guidance and reference opinion on your R&D, technology trading, and investment decision by means of analyzing the patent information of relevant industries, relevant enterprises, and relevant technical fields in R&D, technology tracking, product positioning and the whole process of your manufacturing operation.

Example 1:

Entrusted by a farm machinery company of Asia, we provided a validity analysis for a granted patent owned by its competitor on the basis of four references in English and Japanese respectively. In combination with the problems found in the analysis, a supplementary search was conducted in several other databases from multiple nations or regions, and then some German patent references that were not found due to language barrier were newly searched out. Finally, this company raised an invalidation request against the granted patent before the Patent Reexamination Board (PRB), and these German patent references exactly provided important reference comments.
We are able to provide you with patent early warning so as to monitor and predict the crisis caused by the patent issues in real-time. For example, we will regularly collect the patent information, determine the candidate competitors, predict the risk status of infringement or being infringed, and predict patent obstacles and technical barriers to be encountered. Under normal state, it is needed to continue to conduct monitoring and management. Under alert state, it is needed to issue an alert report. Under crisis state, it is needed to conduct urgent crisis management.

Example 1:

Entrusted by a generic drug company, we provided a patent early-warning analysis report at regular intervals. During the preparation of a patent early-warning report, we found that a manufacturing process of its chemical medicine is very similar to the technical solution of a recently published application of another company. Based on this finding, we issued an alert report, two alternative steps were newly designed, and the infringement risk was avoided.

Example 2:

Entrusted by a medical device company, we provided a patent early-warning analysis report for R&D of a renal dialysis product. After a comprehensive analysis, we found that a component of the renal dialysis product will inevitably encounter a series of patent barriers and technical obstacles. Finally, the company obtained the general licensing from another company regarding the component.
We are able to make an infringement search and a validation search for all of unexpired patents and published patent applications based on the client's objective technology. Based on the result of the search, we can thoroughly analyze an IP infringement risk if the client performs marketing activity and provide products or services, and further provide a professional solution for reducing the potential IP infringement risk. We are capable of making FTO analysis with respect to markets of other countries or regions in the world on demand.

Example 1:

Entrusted by a German start-up company, we made an investigation whether lighting device series products to be sold in the Chinese market by the client had an IP infringement risk. Based on the multiple patents discovered by search, we made a comparison between the actual product(s) and every claim in the discovered patents and then issued our opinions on the infringement analysis. Since our analysis conclusion is confirmative for the infringement, we also provided a legal advice on whether and how to design or amend a specific technical feature of the series products to walk around the patent(s).

Example 2:

A domestic company wanted to sell a new product in the market, but worried about the potential litigation due to infringement of the competitor's patent right. The company entrusted us with patent search and analysis. Our patent attorney team found all patent(s) in force by search, made a comparison between the product and each claim of the found patent(s), and finally determined that the product would not infringe any patent. Thus the company smoothly sold this product in the market.
We are able to provide you with comprehensive intellectual property due diligence. For example, we are able to help the client survey: (1) the list of a target's patent and patent application portfolio, national and international; ownership status; the status relating to the purchase, transferring and licensing; all of the related contracts; (2) whether the patents are valid and enforceable, and the duration of the patents; (3) whether the patents cover every core technique and every peripheral technique; (4) how readily can potential competitors obtain the patented invention via reverse engineering; (5) the closeness between the patent portfolio and the business plan of the target; (6) whether the target have the freedom to operate without infringing other IP; and (7) details about the existing or potential infringement relating to a third party's intellectual property.

Example 1:

One Chinese automobile enterprise desired to purchase a German auto seats company. We were entrusted by this Chinese automobile enterprise to conduct IP due diligence surrounding the German company's patents. After a thorough investigation to the company's patents in China and the target market countries, we found that some PCT applications did not enter into the Chinese phase in a period of time. Therefore, although a stable and comprehensive patent pool was established in Europe and USA respectively, the patent pool established in China had obvious defects due to the lacking of those Chinese applications and was not enough to withstand its competitor's challenge in China. Based on our report, this Chinese automobile enterprise chose another German auto seats company.

Example 2:

A domestic electrical company was preparing for stockmarket GEM listing. We were entrusted by the company with conducting IP due diligence. We did IP diligence in terms of patent stability, patent ownership, potential infringements relating to a third party's intellectual property, and so on. We found that one of its products probably infringed a utility model patent of its competitor. After analyzing the stability of this utility model patent, we suggested the company raise an invalidation request. The company accepted our suggestion, and the utility model patent was declared invalid by the Patent Reexamination Board, which cleared the way for the company before IPO.
As for the technical achievements obtained in R&D of the product, we can help the client do an analysis, a splitting, a screening and a reasonable prediction from the technical and legal perspectives in order to reach the technical innovation points and the technical solution of the patent application, and realize the adequate protection for the technical achievements and a corresponding reward.

Example 1:

One thriving e-commerce company had not filed any application for two years since its establishment. The company found that lack of patents is a big flaw before IPO, and therefore desired to mine and apply for patents. Our patent attorney team gave patent knowledge lectures for the company, brainstormed together with the technologists, looked for the innovative points, and then achieved a quantity of technical solutions for filing patent applications.
We provide a whole course service for patent application and prosecution, including evaluation of the technical disclosure, draft of the application, submission of the application, submission of the any document during the prosecution, and report and response of the OAs, until receipt of the decision on grant or rejection.

Example 1:

Entrusted by a domestic client, we drafted and filed a patent application for the client. During the prosecution of the application, the Examiner issued an OA to indicate that parts of the claims lacked inventiveness. After further negotiation with the client and the inventors, we responded to the OA and amended the application accordingly. The application was finally granted.

Example 2:

Entrusted by a foreign client, we filed a patent application for the client claiming a priority of its foreign application. We translated the application documents into Chinese and then submitted the translated application. During the prosecution of the application, the Examiner issued an OA to indicate that parts of the claims were unclear. After further negotiation with the client, we responded to the OA and clarified the application accordingly. The application was finally granted in China.
A reexamination may be requested after a patent application is rejected. We provide a whole course service for reexamination and any related counseling.

Example 1:

After rejection of a patent application, the applicant alleged that the reason “lacking inventiveness” mentioned in the decision on rejection was not sufficient and an amendment to the application was possible so that the amended application could differ from the prior art. We represented the applicant to draft a request for reexamination, state the grounds for reexamination, and amend the application documents. After negotiation with the applicant, we further explained the substantive difference between the present application and the cited prior art and further amended the application documents. Finally, the decision on rejection was revoked by way of the decision of reexamination. The application returned to the substantive examination proceeding, and was granted soon.
After grant of a patent, anyone may request to declare the patent invalid. The patentee may argue against the invalidation grounds raised by the invalidation petitioner. We are able to represent the invalidation petitioner or the patentee, to provide a whole course service for the invalidation and any related counseling.

Example 1:

A foreign company wanted to sell a product in the Chinese market, but found a Chinese utility model claiming the similar technology. Entrusted by the foreign company, we made a search for this technology and found the utility model was in fact duplication of a prior art and thus was not new. In addition, we also found that some claims of the utility model were unclear and did not comply with the requirement on the subject matter of the utility model in the Chinese Patent Law. Thus, we requested to declare the utility model patent invalid, attended the oral hearing on behalf of the client, and argued with the patentee face-to-face. Finally, the collegial panel of the Patent Reexamination Board (PRB) accepted our grounds for the invalidation and declared all claims of the patent invalid. After clear of the barrier of the patent, the product of the client was smoothly imported into the Chinese market with a business success.

Example 2:

A patentee sued a company for patent infringement. The accused company responded to the lawsuit on one hand and requested to declare the patent invalid on the other hand. Upon the request from the accused company, the court accepting the infringement litigation decided to stay the litigation and wait for the result of the invalidation request. Entrusted by the patentee, we analyzed the invalidation grounds and evidence submitted by the invalidation petitioner, made corresponding arguments, attended the oral hearing, and argued with the petitioner face-to-face. The collegial panel of the Patent Reexamination Board (PRB) accepted our arguments and the patent was maintained valid. Thus, the court accepting the infringement litigation stopped the stay and continued to hear this case, finally determined to set up the infringement and judged the accused company to stop the infringement and compensate for the patentee's damage. With our assistance, the benefit of the patentee was maintained and the patentee got the compensation by use of the patent right.
Patent Administrative Litigation:
If one (the applicant or the petitioner/patentee) does not satisfy with the decision of reexamination or invalidation made by the SIPO, he may file an administrative lawsuit and request the court to judge whether the decision is violating the law. In addition to patent attorneys, our professional team includes attorneys-at-law and litigation agents, and we may represent the client in the whole course of the litigation.
Patent Infringement Litigation:
With respect to the discovered infringement facts, the patentee may file a patent infringement lawsuit with the competent court. We may represent the patentee (plaintiff) to file the lawsuit, or otherwise represent the accused (defendant) to respond to the lawsuit. In addition to patent attorneys, our professional team includes attorneys-at-law and litigation agents, and we may represent the client in the whole course of the litigation.

Example 1:

A patent application was rejected for subject matter of unpatentable object and the decision of reexamination maintained the rejection. Entrusted by the applicant, we filed an administrative litigation against the decision of reexamination. After hearing of the case, the court judged the application did not belong to subject matter of unpatentable object and ordered the PRB to reissue the decision of reexamination. The decision of reexamination reissued by the PRB revoked the original rejection. The application returned to the substantive examination proceeding, and was granted soon.

Example 2:

An individual “L” filed a lawsuit with the court to sue a famous MNC “T” for infringement of a patent owned by L. We were entrusted by Company T. Within the designated time limit, we filed a request for invalidation with the PRB, and accordingly requested the court to stay the infringement litigation. The court agreed to stay the litigation to wait for the result of the invalidation request. The PRB made a decision of invalidation to declare all claims invalid. L did not satisfy with this decision and filed an administrative litigation. We represented Company T to attend the administrative litigation as The Third Party, and stated Company T's opinions on the invalidated patent. The court supported the decision of invalidation and the patent was finally invalidated. The court accepting the infringement litigation stopped the stay and continued to hear this case. Since the patent was invalidated, L had to withdraw the infringement litigation. Company T finally won this infringement litigation and defended its right. In this case, an administrative litigation and an infringement litigation are included. It is very usual in the Chinese patent practice.
Service Introduction:
Patent application right disputes: as for a non-service invention-creation, the right to apply for a patent belongs to the inventor or designer. In this aspect, the patent application right disputes are mainly limited to disputes among co-inventors or co-designers. As for a service invention-creation, the right to apply for a patent belongs to an entity, unless otherwise agreed upon. In this aspect, the patent application right disputes are mainly limited to disputes between the entity and the staff. There is another dispute between the entrusting party and the entrusted party.
Patent right disputes: such disputes occur after the grant of the patent, and such disputes mainly include the patent right disputes among the co-patentees; the patent right disputes in determining service invention-creations or non-service invention-creations; and the patent right disputes between the entrusting party and the entrusted party involved in an entrusted research.
We can represent both parties: to negotiate for solution; to request the administrative authority for patent affairs to mediate; or to file a lawsuit before the court.

Example 1:

Wang completed the design and development of a product during his tenure in a company, and filed a design patent application for the product within one year from his resignation. The application was granted afterwards. The company alleged that the right to apply for the design patent application belonged to the company itself. Entrusted by the company, we filed a lawsuit with the court. We found that this design was made just for Wang's own work in the company based on relevant evidence, and the design patent application was filed within one year from his resignation. We represented the company to claim that (1) Wang designed the product by utilizing the technology, materials and information touched in his work in the company; (2) the granted design patent was involved in the scope of his work; and (3) design and development of the product belonged to the execution of the task of his work, and therefore, the granted patent belonged to a service invention-creation. The court acknowledged our opinions.

Example 2:

Li, an employee of a company, as the applicant, filed an invention application relating to a home appliance product, and the application was granted afterwards. The company alleged that the granted patent belonged to the company. However, Li held that the design and development of the product were self-funded and made in his spare time without utilizing the material conditions of the company, and the design and development of the product did not involve his own duty or the other tasks distributed to him by the company. We were entrusted by the company with resolving this patent ownership dispute. After communicating with the relevant personnel, we found that the company could not provide necessary evidence showing the employment regulations and the scope of duties, and showing that the claimed technical solution of the patent was intended to execute Li's duty task, and the related process was conducted in the company. We suggested the company negotiate an agreement with Li. After our coordination, Li agreed to add the company as a co-patentee.

Example 3:

Both A and B were teachers in a university. A was a major designer for a product process entrusted by an enterprise to the university. Subsequently, B applied for a scientific foundation research project, and A was a key member of the project group. During the process of the project, A suggested B utilize the above mentioned product process entrusted by the enterprise, and described the product process in detail. Subsequently, the university filed an invention application with B as the only inventor. A filed a lawsuit on the dispute of the authorship with the court, and requested an order to determine that A was the inventor of the patent but B was not the inventor. Entrusted by B, after comparing the product process entrusted by the enterprise and the claimed technical solution of the patent, we found that although the patent involved a part of the process entrusted by the enterprise, this part of the process failed to make creative contributions to the substantive features of the claimed technical solution of the patent. According to Rule 13 of the Implementing Regulations of the Chinese Patent Law, “inventor” means any person who makes creative contributions to the substantive features of the invention-creation. The court rejected A's lawsuit based on our above opinions.
We are able to help the client analyze the pros and cons of licensing in terms of implementation and technology development trends; choose exclusive licensing, sole licensing, general licensing, sub-licensing or cross-licensing as desired; help the client conclude a written contract in consideration of the perspectives of restricting competition, licensing fee, ownership, infringement liability, dispute resolution and so on. We can also help the client submit the contract to the State Intellectual Property Office or the local Intellectual Property Office for record.
We are able to represent both parties in transfer of the right to apply for an application and transfer of patent right; to evaluate the value of intangible assets of a patent; to conclude a written transfer contract of the patent right or the right to apply for a patent application in consideration of the perspectives of ownership, legal status, stability of the patent, implementation status, transfer fee, and so on. We can also help the client register the change of the ownership before the State Intellectual Property Office.

Example 1:

A college owned a series of granted patents, which all had good market prospects. However, the college lacked the capacity to implement these patent techniques. A company having a good cooperation relationship with us exactly needed those mature techniques in order to occupy the market quickly. We represented the company to sign a series of sole licensing contracts with the college. Thus, the development timelines and costs for the company were slashed.

Example 2:

A conglomerate owned a patent technique and was trying to have this technique becoming an industry standard in the technical area. We helped the conglomerate spread general licensing in the relevant field and popularize the patent technique to increase its possibility of becoming the industry standard.
We are able to help the client analyze the pros and cons of licensing in terms of implementation and technology development trends; choose exclusive licensing, sole licensing, general licensing, sub-licensing or cross-licensing as desired; help the client conclude a written contract in consideration of the perspectives of restricting competition, licensing fee, ownership, infringement liability, dispute resolution and so on. We can also help the client submit the contract to the State Intellectual Property Office or the local Intellectual Property Office for record.
We are able to represent both parties in transfer of the right to apply for an application and transfer of patent right; to evaluate the value of intangible assets of a patent; to conclude a written transfer contract of the patent right or the right to apply for a patent application in consideration of the perspectives of ownership, legal status, stability of the patent, implementation status, transfer fee, and so on. We can also help the client register the change of the ownership before the State Intellectual Property Office.

Example 1:

A college owned a series of granted patents, which all had good market prospects. However, the college lacked the capacity to implement these patent techniques. A company having a good cooperation relationship with us exactly needed those mature techniques in order to occupy the market quickly. We represented the company to sign a series of sole licensing contracts with the college. Thus, the development timelines and costs for the company were slashed.

Example 2:

A conglomerate owned a patent technique and was trying to have this technique becoming an industry standard in the technical area. We helped the conglomerate spread general licensing in the relevant field and popularize the patent technique to increase its possibility of becoming the industry standard.
As for a new technique or a new product, we are able to help the client design the structural distribution and the number of the patents, and construct a patent portfolio, in which the patents are different from each other, but interrelated and synergistic. That is to say, such a patent portfolio includes both the patents relating to the core technique, and patents relating to peripheral techniques, which constitute a full range of protection for the new technique or the new product.

Example 1:

A pharmaceutical company found a new compound, which had a significant treatment effect on a disease, and the development of this compound had entered into the clinical trial stage. We were entrusted by this company with drafting and filing a patent application for the compound. After communicating with the technologist of this company, we suggested the company file a series of applications relating to the compound itself, the extracting methods of the compound, formulations, production process, and the usage, respectively, in the first place, and thereafter, file a series of applications relating to the improvement of the production process, the formulation and crystal type, respectively, in order to form a full range of patent portfolio and extend the protection period as long as possible.

Example 2:

Entrusted by a company with drafting a new patent application, we found that although the company owned a group of patents surrounding a new technique, those patents were very fragmented, and lacked effective association from one another. The company had a considerable share in the market, and would be monitored by more and more competitors. Therefore, we suggested the company file a series of patent applications to cover the core technique, and then file a series of applications to cover the peripheral techniques involving technical improvement, product upgrading, and usage extension. We also suggested the company adjust the structural distribution of the patent portfolio, and obtain the patent right from other enterprise(s) by transfer as desired in order to provide a full and effective protection on this creative technique, and further improve the defense capabilities of the company. The intellectual property department of the company accepted our suggestion, arranged and mined a series of applications surrounding the creative technique together with the technologists of the company. An effective patent portfolio involving both the core and the peripheral patents was finally formed.
Considering difference and change of annuity requirements in a various of countries or regions, we provide the client with one-stop solution for annuity management. We will send the reminder to you at an arranged time before the due date, pay the annuity in a proper manner upon receipt of your instruction and fee, and then report to you. We may also accept your one-time entrustment for a bulk of cases, pay the annuities automatically, and then report to you.

Example 1:

Entrusted by a domestic client, we regularly paid annuities in China, U.S.A., Germany, and Japan for the client's two patent families.

Example 2:

Entrusted by a college, we presented it to pay annuities for some of patents granted within five years to greatly reduce risk and HR cost of the college in terms of annuity management of important patents.
We are able to help the domestic enterprises or individuals apply for government funding according to the relevant stipulation of the patent funding in various regions. In general, the local government patent funding mainly involves: funding for the granted Chinese patents; funding for the granted patents in America, Japan and EU; funding for PCT applications under Patent Cooperation Treaty.

Example 1:

Entrusted by an enterprise in Shenzhen, we helped the enterprise apply a PCT application before the State Intellectual Property Office and enter its national phases in America, Japan and EU. All of these applications were granted. According to Shenzhen Municipal Intellectual Property Special Funding Management Approach, we helped the enterprise obtain the funding for the PCT application, and the funding for the granted patents in America and Japan respectively.