China Proposes Changes To Patent Law

The FT reports two potential changes to patent law that will hit foreign companies.

One would require foreign companies making discoveries in the country to file first for patent protection in China or risk losing legal protection for their IP (a provision common in many countries). The other would make it more difficult to get patent protection in China for inventions already in use elsewhere.

The other issue surrounding these draft proposals — a shortage of Chinese-litterate patent lawyers.

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