March 2020

Provisions on Restoration of Patent-Related Rights Following the Pneumonia Epidemic Caused by the Novel Coronavirus in China

Newsletter (March 2020) │ IP Practice

The outbreak of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus has severely affected various sectors in China. In the field of intellectual property, the restoration of patent related rights lost due to novel coronavirus-induced pneumonia is a problem that is attracting attention.

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) made an announcement entitled “Explanation on the relevant deadlines for patents, trademarks, and layout designs of integrated circuits during the period of epidemic of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus” (i.e., Bureau Announcement 350) on January 28th, 2020, an announcement entitled “Response to specific issues related to the procedure for restoration of rights related to the epidemic of pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus” on February 3rd, 2020, an announcement on “Further explanation on the relevant deadlines for patents, trademarks, and layout designs of integrated circuits during the period of the pneumonia epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus” on February 21st, 2020, and an announcement entitled “Explanation on matters related to the payment of delinquency for patent pensions during the pneumonia epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus” on March 4th, 2020. This series of announcements explains the provisions, procedures and payments necessary to restore patent-related rights.

This article summarizes the restoration of patent-related rights that have been lost due to the pneumonia epidemic caused by the novel coronavirus. In the future, depending on the status of the infection, the government may issue further related policies and regulations, so it is necessary to obtain such information promptly in order to avoid adverse effects on your company. We recommend that you always instruct local agents in advance if you would like them to take steps to maintain the continuity of rights, thus avoiding their loss.

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Zur Coronavirus-Krise – wir sind für Sie da!

Zur Coronavirus-Krise – wir sind für Sie da!

 

Die Coronavirus-Krise sorgt derzeit weltweit für Furcht und Verunsicherung. Viele Unternehmen verhängen Reisebeschränkungen, untersagen Meetings und Konferenzen. Der menschliche und damit auch geschäftliche Kontakt ist erschwert. Die Erkrankung zu bekämpfen ist das Feld der Mediziner. Ein verantwortungsvoller Umgang ist im Interesse aller.

 

Unsere Fachleute bei SONDERHOFF & EINSEL wollen Ihnen dabei helfen, die Auswirkungen auf Ihre Geschäfte in Japan und China zu minimieren und Ihre Anliegen auch in dieser Zeit voranzubringen.

 

Wir sind vor Ort, und wir sind erreichbar. Unsere Standorte in Tokio, Peking und Hamburg arbeiten eng zusammen. Besprechen Sie mit uns, wie unser Team aus Fachleuten Ihre Belange in Japan und China fördern kann, auch, während Sie selbst nicht reisen können.

 

Meetings können Sie mit uns unproblematisch führen. Sie können uns erreichen, und werden von uns auf Wunsch kontaktiert, per

 

  • Skype
  • Skype for Business / Lync
  • Skype for Business (new version) Microsoft Teams
  • FaceTime
  • GoToMeeting (tel call)

 

(falls Sie eine andere Konferenz-Software bevorzugen, teilen Sie uns diese bitte einfach mit: )

 

Überdies sind wir natürlich auch weiterhin nur einen Telefonanruf oder eine Email entfernt, ob auf Deutsch, Englisch, Japanisch oder Chinesisch:

 

 

Es stimmt, wie man sagt: Das Wort „Krise“ besteht im Japanischen wie im Chinesischen aus zwei Schriftzeichen: „Gefahr“ aber auch „Gelegenheit“. Nutzen Sie den Kontakt zu uns als Gelegenheit und als Ihre Verbindung nach Japan und China.

 

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Regarding the Coronavirus crisis – we are here for you!

 

 

Regarding the Coronavirus crisis – we are here for you!

 

The coronavirus crisis is currently causing worldwide distress and uncertainty. Many companies curtail business travel and cancel meetings and conferences. Human and social contact is becoming more difficult. To fight the disease is the prerogative of medical staff. Responsible behavior is in everybody’s interest.

 

Our experts at SONDERHOFF & EINSEL want to help you minimize the effect on your business activities in Japan and China and to further your agenda even in this difficult time.

 

We are here and we can be reached easily. Our offices in Tokyo, Beijing and Hamburg cooperate closely with each other. Talk to us about how our team of experts can assist you with your matters in Japan and China, even when you yourself are unable to travel.

 

You can have hassle-free meetings with us online. You can reach us, or if you’d like be contacted by us, via:

 

Skype

Skype for Business / Lync

Skype for Business (new version) Microsoft Teams

FaceTime

GoToMeeting (tel call)

 

(In case you prefer a different conference software, please simply let us know: )

In addition to this: We are – of course – always only a phone call or an email away, be it in English, German, Japanese or Chinese:

 

 

It is right what they say: The word „crisis” in both the Japanese and Chinese languages consists of two characters: “danger”, but also “opportunity”. Use contacting us as an opportunity and as your connection to Japan and China.

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