Patenting AI in China and Amendments to the Related Examination Guidelines

8 Sep 2020, 14:00 CEST  -  15:00 CEST


Patenting AI in China and Amendments to the Related Examination Guidelines

Date: Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Time: 14:00 – 15:00 (CEST)

Recent developments in machine learning and other technologies have greatly advanced artificial intelligence (AI) since its origins more than 50 years ago. With rapid development of AI technology and increasing numbers of AI-related patent applications, the practice and landscape of patenting AI in China is worthy of attention.


This session will present an enlightening discussion on the provisions and examination criteria on the patentability of AI-related inventions in China. The panel will share their views on the most recent changes and challenges in this area. The following topics will be covered in the webinar:

  • Analysis of the growth trend of AI-related patent filings in China and who are the main players
  • An overview of provision and examination guideline change on AI-related patents in China
  • Analysis on how to get an AI-related patent application granted in China with case examples
  • A hypothetical case study: would Google’s famous US patent on Dropout be granted in China?


Ms. Xin Chen

Patent Attorney, CCPIT Patent & Trademark Law Office

Ms. Xin Chen is a counsel in CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office, one of the largest and oldest patent law firms in China.  Ms. Chen holds a Ph.D. degree in electronic engineering and has practiced patent law for over 10 years.  She has extensive experience in patent prosecution, reexamination, invalidation and litigation in many technical areas, especially in software, communications, optics and semiconductor techniques.  Ms. Chen has provided legal services for a good number of worldwide renowned companies to help them build a valuable patent portfolio in China.


Mr. Lin Li

Partner, Liu, Shen & Associates

Mr. Li has worked as a patent attorney in patent prosecution, reexamination, invalidation, litigation, patent analysis and client counseling with a focus on telecommunication and computer science, electrical engineering and automatic control, as well as networking & e-commerce.

Mr. Li has rich experiences in handling computer implemented invention (CII) related cases, including AI related cases, and has provided valuable advice to clients in the area. In recent years, Mr. Li has done some deep research on the protection of AI-related inventions in China.


Mr. Benjamin Bai

Vice President and Chief IP and Litigation Counsel, Ant Group

Mr. Benjamin Bai is a leading IP practitioner who previously specialized in global patent litigation spanning from the United States to Asia. Before joining Ant Group, Mr. Bai spent 20 years in the world’s leading law firms in the United States and China and focused on high-stake technology litigation and IP licensing in China, with a particular emphasis on patent and trade secret litigation.

From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Bai led a team of lawyers and obtained four landmark preliminary injunctions in patent cases in China. These trailblazing cases were recognized as exemplary cases by the Chinese courts. Mr. Bai is also a leading expert on trade secret protection in China.


Mr. Jonathan Osha

Reporter General of AIPPI
Global Chair, Osha Liang LLP

John currently serves as Reporter General of AIPPI and is a member of the Board of Directors of AIPLA.

John’s experience covers all aspects of patent preparation and prosecution, including intellectual property litigation, preparation of infringement and validity opinions, and post-grant proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

His practice places special emphasis on counseling relative to management and monetization of complex international IP portfolios. John is a frequent speaker at IP industry events and is the editor of an upcoming book on AI and Patents.

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