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TTL AWARDS | Twelve Tables Law Firm Won 2 Awards by China Business Law Awards 2020

On 8 April, 2020, China Business Law Journal released the list of China Business Law Awards 2020. Twelve Tables Law Firm has been recognized as the winner in following categories:

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Hairuo named a “leading trademark professional” by 2020 edition of World Trademark Review

February 14, 2020, World Trademark Review ( “WTR”) published 2020 edition of world leading trademark professional rankings. Hairuo was named as a “leading trademark professional” by the 2020 edition World Trademark Review in the category of enforcement and litigation, for the third year in a row.

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Review criteria of jurisdictional dispute involving joint infringement issues

SPC concludes that at the stage of jurisdictional objection, in principle it is only necessary to hear the facts related to the establishment of the jurisdiction of the case. If the facts related to the establishment of the jurisdiction connection involve the substantive dispute of the case, it is only necessary to examine whether the prima facie evidence of the case can prove the existence of an arguable jurisdiction connection, while with substantive dispute untouched.

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Introduction to the protection of new plant varieties in China

In addition to industrial intellectual property rights in the traditional sense of patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc., there is also a unique intellectual property right in the field of agricultural forestry, which is the new plant variety right (also known as Plant Breeder"s Rights (PBR) or Plant Variety Rights (PVR)). This relatively small form of intellectual property protection, with the rapid development of modern agriculture, is gradually being valued by all sectors of society. In the Sino-US trade dispute, China’s counterattack against the United States on tariffs is mainly concentrated in the agricultural sector. Therefore, we would like to take this opportunity to introduce the protection of new plant varieties in China. This paper aims to briefly sort out the development of new plant variety protection in China, the latest registration and protection, the latest development trends including the jurisdiction development of filing civil infringements case against new plant variety infringers, summary of registration requirements and procedure, and proposed amendments to the law which may guide us to the direction of future protection of new plant variety.

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特别策划|NPE模式:“失利者”的创新补贴

本文尝试通过基本的经济学原理对NPE模式进行分析。NPE模式无法获取长期经济利润,其客观上实现了通过竞争胜利者的许可费,为竞争失利者提供创新补贴的功能。由于NPE模式本身属于市场产生的模式,以相对公平和高效的方式完成了创新补贴,对创新行为存在一定积极价值。

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功能性特征“瘦身”了,你注意到了吗?

存在功能性表述就一定是功能性特征吗?如果在本领域技术人眼中对具体如何实现了如指掌,在这种情况下就不应当将“功能性表述”等同于“功能性特征”。本文通过司法解释和最高院典型案例的演进对上述问题予以解读。

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我国的植物新品种保护简介

本文对我国植物新品种保护的发展、最新的注册和保护情况以及最新的发展动向进行了简单的梳理。除了专利、商标、著作权等传统意义上的工业知识产权以外,在农业林业领域还有一项独特的知识产权,就是植物新品种权。这一相对比较小众的知识产权保护形式,随着现代农业的迅速发展,也正逐渐为社会各界所重视。

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那位出租软件的,您是在排除限制竞争吗?

租赁作为一种常见的经营模式,本身并无任何不当,但如果租赁者具备市场支配地位,且其销售的产品为耐用品,那么租赁就很有可能成为垄断企业获取垄断利润,排除限制竞争的手段,在此情况下这种常见的经营模式是否需要予以限制,需要好好探讨一下。

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浅谈专利侵权判定中的等同原则

等同原则是专利侵权判定的最重要的原则之一,而专利侵权判定中的其他重要原则,例如全面覆盖原则、禁止反悔原则、捐献原则等也往往需要参考等同原则进行认定。因此,等同原则也可认为是专利侵权判定中的核心原则。等同原则的雏形概念出现于英国,而后美国对其进行了发展。我国专利法已经颁布了三十余年,对于等同原则也有了符合国情的理解和认知。

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参考美国专利权绝对用尽原则需审慎

美国最高院近年来在对待权利用尽问题时秉承了绝对化的适用原则,其原因之一在于法院需要维护市场流通环节的稳定,但美国专利法未提供完善的制度保证。由于中国专利法中已经构建了合法来源抗辩等制度维护流通及使用环节的稳定,中国司法实践中显然能够对权利用尽问题采取更合理及灵活的处理方式,同时从法律和经济原理出发,更有效率的平衡专利权人和社会公众的利益,达成保护市场流通和促进创新的双赢结果。

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