joined Beijing East IP in 2003 and is the Vice President leading the patent administration and docketing department at Beijing East IP. As a senior patent attorney and litigator, Dr. Li has extensive experience working for numerous Fortune 500 corporations on procuring and asserting their patents rights in China, including patent prosecution, invalidation, reexamination, appeal, and litigation before the CNIPA as well as the People’s Courts, particularly in the field of chemistry and biotechnology. Dr. Li received his B.E. and M.E. degrees in Polymer Science and Engineering and Ph.D. degree in Material Science and Engineering from Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
On October 17, 2020, the Standing Committee of the Thirteenth National People’s Congress (China’s top legislature) passed the Fourth Amendment to the Chinese Patent Law, which will become effective on June 1, 2021 (“Effective Date”). As I was digesting the news and browsing through the 29 newly published changes made to the previous version of the Chinese Patent Law, which was passed in 2008, a line from “The Song of the Pipa Player”, a popular poem written in 816 A.D. by Bai Juyi (one of the three most famous poets in China’s Tang Dynasty), came to mind: “Only after our repeated calls did she appear; her face half hidden behind the pipa she held.” Indeed, while the First, Second, and Third Amendment to the 1984 Chinese Patent Law each came out with clockwork precision eight years after the previous enactment—in 1992, 2000, and 2008, respectively—this Fourth Amendment took 12 years to incubate, and struck a number of new areas that will need to be further revealed in future practice.