IP updates in Asia

I am reposting some updates from the monthly (sometimes bi-weekly) e-newsletter of the Property Rights Alliance (PRA). These are news last month.

(1) US FDA sounds alert on quality issues in Indian pharma

Quality is a challenge for the Indian pharmaceutical sector, the largest supplier of drugs to the United States, according to a recent blog by the US Food and Drug Administration (US FDA). Of the 42 warning letters sent out by its office of manufacturing quality last year, nine – about one-fifth – were addressed to Indian facilities.

(2) Bayer cancer drug faces new patent problems in India

Nexavar (sorafenib tosylate), a crucial drug for kidney and liver cancer for which German pharma major Bayer (BAYN: DE) was granted a patent on March 3, 2008, has come under fire in India, whereby a landmark court ruling is set to define the contours of Bolar exception provisions in the Indian Patents Act, reports The Pharma Letter’s India correspondent.

(3) Thailand Update: Plans to Expedite Patent Examination

The Thai Government is considering plans to expedite patent examination in Thailand and help clear the country’s backlog of patent applications.As of October 2016, the Thai Patent Office was still examining patent applications filed in 1998. Although the Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) earlier initiated plans to increase the number of patent examiners, the 36,000 currently pending patent applications pose a serious obstacle to the country’s technological and economic development, as well as the ability of patent owners to protect and enforce their patents.

(4) About 18,000 convicted for IP piracy, counterfeiting in China

Around 18,000 people were convicted on charges of intellectual property (IP) piracy and producing counterfeit products last year, said Vice Premier Wang Yang Tuesday. Police investigated more than 200,000 cases involving IP piracy and counterfeiting last year and seized 22,000 suspects, said Wang at a national meeting on IP piracy and counterfeit control.

(5) Alibaba Sued Over Counterfeit Fire Extinguisher

Alibaba, China’s leading ecommerce company, is facing a lawsuit from the Thai maker of the Elide Fire Ball Pro fire extinguisher for reportedly allowing the sale of a fake version on its website. According to a report in the Bangkok Post, Elide Fire Ball Pro, the manufacturer and vendor of the patented Elide Fire Ball, alleged in a lawsuit that Alibaba and AliExpress sold a knockoff of its product.

(6) Trademark registrations up, designs down as the Japan Patent Office reveals the top registrants for 2016

The Japan Patent Office (JPO) received its highest number of trademark applications in 10 years during 2016, according to the agency’s latest annual report. Of the top 10 registrants last year, nine were Japanese entities (the exception being South Korea’s LG Electronics).


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