was recently quoted in a Managing IP article taking a look at China’s new intellectual property courts.
Amongst other changes is the introduction of the use of assistant judges, designed to improve the quality of decisions and help the courts handle a bigger workload. Catherine commented, “…the assistant judges will be helping a lot with tasks like preparing for hearings, research and decision writing, so hopefully this will allow the IP courts to handle a bigger workload and be more efficient.”
She also discussed the introduction of technical experts, commenting on a case in Guangdong where the judge had an examiner from the patent office attend the hearing and ask technical questions about the matter.
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