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    United States and China sign new 10-point trade deal

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    The United States (US) and The People’s Republic of China (PRC) have signed a new 10-point trade deal that includes new provisions for international trade (beef, poultry, gas) and financial services (banks, credit agencies, electronic payments). The 10 points of the trade deal are (emphasis added): 1. Following one more...
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    China launches National Intellectual Property (IP) Publicity Week

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    As reported by the China’s official Xinhua News Agency, the country launched a week of national campaigns to raise awareness of protection of intellectual property rights (IPR). National IP Publicity Week 2017 “The campaign, jointly organized by 23 agencies, will feature events across the country, including press conferences, forums, lectures...
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    Revised Guidelines expand patent protection for software and business methods

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    China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) today implemented revised Guidelines for Patent Examination that significantly expand patent protection for software and business methods / models. Software patent protection Software patent applicants will now be able to claim a medium plus computer program process, instead of claiming means plus function (a...
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    China issues new regulations to protect rights of attorneys

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    As reported by The Supreme People’s Court of the People’s Republic of China: China’s national association of lawyers unveiled a set of regulations on March 24 to better protect the legal rights of lawyers and strictly regulate their behavior to ensure the healthy development of the profession. The regulations include...
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    Sino-American entertainment deals falter in wake of new regulations

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    As reported in the Hollywood Reporter, two major Sino-American entertainment deals recently collapsed (or threatened to do so) due to recent changes in Chinese law and policy. These failed deals included (i) a billion-dollar investment in American film studio Paramount Pictures by China’s Shanghai Film Group and Huahua Media; and...

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