China 5G + Industrial Internet Conference 2020, A New Hope to the International Business Community

5G is set to become the next generation of connectivity. Over the years, China has made a considerable amount of progress in the development and use of the 5G technology. This country is among the first to adopt 5G technologies. China 5G + Industrial Internet Conference will take place from November 19 to November 21, 2020, in the city of Wuhan, capital of central China’s Hubei Province. The three days event will also emphasize how the industrial internet can promote China’s new development pattern.

Key take-outs of the China 5G + Industrial Internet Conference 2020

  • In the conference, discussions will take place and innovative tech products will be displayed that will revolutionize operations and bring portable services to the market including AI, edge, network slicing, open-source, cloud-native, and more.
  • Through interactive displays, videos, and other mediums at the conference, the value-driven application of 5G and the industrial internet and the benefits brought by 5G will also be presented.
  • The achievements in 5G and the industrial internet will also be demonstrated in a 6,000-square-meter area during the conference, with 14 selected enterprises to display their technologies and products.
  • Many new 5G technologies and application scenarios such as data collection and perception, high-definition video, machine vision, and digital twin will make a debut at the conference.

Organizing the China 5G + Industrial Internet Conference in Hubei is a strong statement from the Chinese government to the international business community to invest in China. Hubei is the province that has taken a huge toll on the COVID-19 epidemic and organizing the event in this province will greatly help to bring back the faith in China and stabilizing the global economy that is currently going through a rough patch.

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Amendment of the China Patent Law & It’s Significance

After revision by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of the PRC, Draft Amendments to the Chinese Patent Law were released for public comment on 4 January 2019. Major aims of the proposed revision are strengthening patent protection, fostering innovation and improving the legal framework. In the view of the China patent lawyers, the new draft includes many important changes when compared with the previous version of the draft amendment.

Highlighting 3 Changes Main of the Chinese Patent Law

Amendment No 1– The amount of statutory damages (i.e. lump sum damages granted by a court if the claimant cannot provide sufficient evidence of their actual damages) are significantly raised from a current range of RMB10 000- 1 million to the proposed range of RMB100 000 – 5 million.

Amendment No 2– The concept of punitive damages for “serious” willful infringement is introduced. Under the draft, such severe infringements would be punishable with up to five times the determined amount of damages.

Amendment No 3– According to the China patent lawyers, the draft contains a provision allowing for the shifting of the burden of proof for damages in some cases. If the evidence needed to calculate the damages (e.g. accounting books and other materials) is held by the infringer, and the infringer refuses to submit them to the court when ordered to do so, or submits fabricated evidence, the court can determine the amount of damages based on the initial evidence and calculations of the patent owner and the failure of the infringer to satisfy their burden of supplying contrary evidence.

Key amendments proposed in the current Draft cover the following areas:

  • Employee Inventions
  • Patent Licensing
  • Patent Term Extension
  • Liability For Isps
  • Patent Infringement
  • Abuse Of Patent Rights
  • Patent Administrative Enforcement

In the view of the Chinese business lawyers, one of the major objectives of the fourth amendment of the China Patent Law is to strengthen the patent protection against infringement. The application for patent and exercise of the patent right shall follow the principle of good faith, and shall not harm the public interest, unfairly exclude or limit competition. In order to better understand the new structure, it is suggested to seek assistance from the professional China patent lawyers.

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