The massive volume of filings at the Chinese Patent Office exceeds the filings of the next four most active patent offices combined. This filing surge in China signals a rapid shift to China as the center for the leading-edge technologies that will enable the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The massive prior art collection being built by the Chinese Patent Office comes at the same time the Chinese are investing in infrastructure and loans to the many countries along European and African trade routes. The Chinese prior art collection seems poised to dominate decisions on patentability as a natural outgrowth of this dissemination of technological information throughout Europe, Asia and Africa.
Meanwhile, China has adopted an expansive definition of what constitutes patent-eligible subject matter, which may even be broader than the definitions in the EPO, JPO, and KIPO, and certainly broader than definitions in the US.
Join Gene Quinn, President, and CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc, on TUESDAY, December 3, 2019, at 12 pm (noon) EDT, for a free webinar discussion of how China will fundamentally change the global IP system and what practitioners and businesses need to be doing to prepare for this shift in the patent and innovation center of gravity. Joining Gene will be Rob Sterne, founding director of Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox.