Where We Work

    China

    Sughrue Mion has been serving clients for many years relative to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in China, as well as represent a wide range of Chinese companies expanding and enforcing their patent and trademark rights in the US. Our firm understands the challenges connected to one of the world’s largest, growing economies and how important it is to obtain experienced legal counseling and strategic advice relating to valuable intellectual property rights.

    Our firm maintains strong ties to local Chinese law firms, universities and government agencies. Members of our China Regional Practice Group often travel to various major cities in China to visit clients and participate in lectures and other educational programs on US Patent and Trademark practice and procedure. Over the years the firm has sponsored and presented seminars, symposiums and mock trials on the subjects of patent litigation in the U.S. Federal courts and proceedings before the International Trade Commission. Additionally, Sughrue’s trademark attorneys have lectured on topics pertaining to brand expansion and U.S. trademark registration practice and procedure as well as opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

    Our attorneys are actively engaged and have taken leadership positions and served on committees of international organizations such as AIPLA, AIPPI, INTA as it relates to IP laws and practice in Asia, particularly China. The firm was the first US firm to become a member of the China Trademark Association (CTA) . Several of our attorneys have recently been recognized by Euromoney’s Expert Guide to Leading Practitioners: China.

    USPTO Publishes Rules and Examination Guidelines for Implementing ‎the AIA First-Inventor-to-File Provisions ‎

    On February 14, 2013, final rules of practice for implementing the first-inventor-to-file provision of the Leahy-Smith ‎America Invents Act (AIA) were published in the Federal Register. The first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA go ‎into effect on March 16, 2013.

    Examination guidelines concerning the first inventor to file provisions were also published in the Federal Register ‎on February 14, 2013. The examination guidelines are provided to Office personnel and to the public to assist in ‎the implementation of the first-inventor-to-file provisions of the AIA. The guidelines do not constitute substantive ‎rulemaking and do not have the force and effect of law. Nevertheless, the guidelines are an important source of ‎information for effectively practicing before the USPTO.

    Links to the final rules and guidelines are below:

    Changes To Implement and Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the ‎Leahy-Smith America Invents Act [TEXT][PDF]

    Examination Guidelines for Implementing the First Inventor To File Provisions of the Leahy-Smith America Invents ‎Act [TEXT] [PDF]