The Standing Advisory Committee before the European Patent Office (SACEPO) is comprised of representatives from leading industrial property associations and industry federations from all over the world, as well as representatives of European and international patent attorney associations. The President of the EPO also appoints recognised experts in the field of IP law as ad personam members of the SACEPO. As part of EPO’s commitment to transparency, the agency regularly engages external stakeholders in the framework of the SACEPO to involve user representatives in the development of the European patent system and to gather feedback from users to better respond to their needs. The members of the SACEPO are nominated for a three-year term of office. The current term of office runs from 2021 to 2023.
On March 22nd, 2022, Zhejiang Provincial Administration for Market Regulation convenes a virtual symposium to solicit opinions on the draft “Regulations on the Protection and Promotion of Intellectual Property in Zhejiang Province”.
On Thursday March 10, 2022, the “INTA Flash Briefing on China’s Judicial IP Update” is held virtually via ZOOM Meeting at 9:30 am - 11:00 am (Beijing time).
In the 2022 edition of the World Trademark Review 1000 - The World's Leading Trademark Professionals, which is released on 2nd March 2022, Wanhuida Intellectual Property is once again rated in the Gold Band as a top PRC firm for both "Prosecution and Strategy" and "Enforcement and Litigation" category.
On Monday 14th February 2022, MARQUES webinar, titled “Sweet Valentine: But does your specification need a makeover?”, which is organised by the MARQUES Education Team, is held virtually. The event features thought-provoking discussion regarding bad faith principles and practices in the EU, US and China, offering the audience guidance for applicants on pitfalls to be avoided when drafting specifications.
From January 25th to 26th 2022, the “Interpretation of Criteria for Determination of General Trademark Violations”, which is organized by the China Trademark Association (CTA), is held. With both virtual and offline offerings, the Session features lecturers including Xiao Niezun, Researcher of the Enforcement Guidance Section, IPR Protection Department, China National Intellectual Property Administration, Zou Weiguang, Section Chief, Trademark Supervision Section, Fengtai District Administration for Market Regulation, Beijing as well as Zhu Zhigang, Wanhuida IP Partner and leader of CTA’s “Criteria for Determination of General Trademark Violations” project.
In the 2022 edition of “The Legal 500 Asia Pacific”, which is launched on January 12, 2022 (UK time), Wanhuida Intellectual Property has been rated as a TIER-1 PRC FIRM in both categories of “Intellectual Property Contentious” and “Intellectual property Non-contentious”. Bai Gang, the firm’s Founding Partner and Management Committee Chair, is inducted into the Legal 500 Asia Pacific Hall of Fame, which is exclusively reserved for lawyers that are widely regarded as being at the very top of the profession.
Under the auspices of the Intellectual Property Office of Jiangbei District, Chongqing, the “Intellectual Property Deployment, Protection and Value-adding Forum for Hi-tech Enterprises”, which is jointly organized by Beijing Justra Intellectual Property Center (Justra) and Jiangbei Intellectual Property Operation Public Service Platform, sponsored by Wanhuida Intellectual Property, is held on 14th December 2021.