The third revision of the PRC Patent Law took effect on 1 October, but implementing regulations only exist in draft form. China Business Law Journal asked lawyers and corporate counsel how the new law was working out in practice By Alfred Romann

Shawn Zhao has his hands full. As managing corporate counsel at Google in Beijing, Zhao will have to deal with the third amendment to the PRC Patent Law that took effect on 1 October. This third incarnation makes significant changes to a piece of legislation integral to the government’s dream of knowledge-based and high-value growth.

Significant changes relating to intellectual property (IP) protection, including new requirements to share profits with employee inventors, mean Zhao and thousands of other lawyers and business people who deal with IP may have to rethink their strategies.

Broadly speaking, IP professionals have welcomed the new law as a well-crafted piece of legislation that brings IP protection more into line with international practice. Unfortunately, the law still leaves a number of grey areas.

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