From the Desk of JMB: A Look Back at Patenting in China – My First 30 Years

It is nearly 30 years since I entered the field of intellectual property. Back in the mid ‘80’s the concept of patents and trademarks was in its infancy in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the Patent Office of the PRC, the predecessor of SIPO (State Intellectual Property Office of China), having been founded in 1980. At that time, there was a single IP firm in the PRC, and most of the Western world looked askance at the state of IP rights in China. Now seems like a good time to look back at the past 30 years—what was and what we have learned, as we begin to look forward to a very different China and IP environment. (more…)

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From the Desk of JMB: Growing Your Business with Patents

In their upcoming seminar, the professionals of JMB Davis Ben-David will be discussing the subject of Growing Your Business with Patents. This pretty much sums up the approach of our team, who see the business interests of the client as the driver of its patenting activities, the two being inextricably intertwined. Patents are seen as a ‘must have’ asset for a business, even when the business managers or owners don’t fully understand why this is so. However, it is more than simple market wisdom, (some might say dogma); there are very good reasons for this. (more…)

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From the Desk of JMB: The Real Value of Patents

“Do you know how much money we spent on patents last year?”

This is a common opener to a panic attack, shortly before all the money that has been invested, is shown to be a waste, as the CEO or Chief Legal Counsel, having no idea why their company was filing patents in the first place, decides to abandon all of their patent applications and to cease maintenance payments on their granted patents. (more…)

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