Organisation: China National Intellectual Property Administration

How amended regulations to China’s Patent Law will impact the IP landscape

The amended Implementing Regulations of the Patent Law adjust several key aspects of China’s patent system, including partial design patents, national priority for designs, patent-term extensions and the open licensing regime, signalling welcome changes to the national IP landscape.

10 January 2024

China: CNIPA Reforms Set to Make the Country an Attractive Venue to Innovate

Featured in The Patent Prosecution Review 2024

Undeterred by the current global economic instability, China’s IP industry is proving itself to be robust and resilient. The rapid growth of patent agencies, recent legislative amendments and shortened examination periods reflect the country’s determination to enhance patent value.

08 December 2023

Specialist Chapter: How to Assess Patent Eligibility of AI Inventions in China

Featured in The Patent Prosecution Review 2024

As AI-related patent application numbers surge, the question of how to treat AI inventions when it comes to patent eligibility is a key concern for the Chinese patent community.

08 December 2023

Apostille Convention marks transformative step forward for foreign IP litigants in China

China's accession to the Apostille Convention signifies a ground-breaking shift in the way that foreign documents are validated and recognised in the country. This is good news for foreign rights owners, as they will now be able to enjoy a streamlined and simplified process.

08 November 2023

CNIPA publishes sorely needed draft rules on protection of GI products

New CNIPA draft regulations signal a promising future for foreign GIs recognised in China. The regulations aim to provide more detailed rules for the registration, use and protection of GI products amid growing urgency for stronger legislation.

25 October 2023

The Beijing Measure: whether data should be a registered and protected form of intellectual property in China

Featured in Inside China’s IP Market: a Guide 2024

Shenzhen, the Zhejiang and Jiangsu provinces and Beijing have enacted data IP registration-related legal documents, responding to calls for the establishment of a data property rights system. Beijing’s efforts highlight it as a pilot area for national data IP work.

27 September 2023

What BISHONEN’s nine-year journey to registration reveals about China’s Trademark Law

Featured in Inside China’s IP Market: a Guide 2024

While the Trademark Law allows for parties to petition against a mark’s registration, it remains challenging for foreign companies to prove that a registered trademark should be invalidated, as collecting evidence of prior use and influence in China, as well as to show another party's bad faith, is becoming increasingly hard.

27 September 2023

How the latest monetisation methods can be used to grow a brand’s value in China

Featured in Inside China’s IP Market: a Guide 2024

Brand monetisation is an inevitable necessity for companies to enhance their core competitiveness and achieve innovative management. It is therefore imperative to explore the main ways to monetise a brand under China’s current legal environment.

27 September 2023

Patent linkage in China: what the first decisions reveal about the direction of travel

Featured in The Guide to Life Sciences: Key issues for senior life sciences executives 2023

The first decisions issued since China’s patent-linkage system’s implementation indicate that patentees should take full advantage; litigation is faster and patentees are relieved of key burdens. However, preparation is critical and making the right choice between the civil action and administrative adjudication routes is imperative.

25 August 2023

Specialist Chapter: How to Build an Effective Assertion-Based SEP Licensing Programme in China

Featured in The Patent Litigation Review 2024

As the licensing ecosystem becomes increasingly complex, assertion can be a pragmatic tool in the negotiation practice and a well-planned strategy is crucial.  When approaching SEP dispute resolution in China, there are several popular courts worth considering.

25 August 2023

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