China Market Intelligence

August 16th, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

Newly released ministerial plans set national intellectual property (IP) priorities to further the central government’s top-down drive to reform China’s IP laws. Jointly released by the State Council and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the plans cover 39 government departments including trade, technology, military, and cultural affairs.

The plans outline five concurrent priorities for national IP reform:

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April 5th, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

Integrating China’s national and local intellectual property (IP) agencies through reforms announced in March by Premier Li Keqiang should simplify the litigation process for multinational corporations in China looking to protect their brand. A pilot program will create integrated IP enforcement teams from the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), National Copyright Administration (NCAC) and State...

April 27th, 2016
Lipei Zhang and Jake Laband

The Beijing Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Court added 20 judges at the end of 2015 to assist with its burgeoning caseload, US-China Business Council member companies learned during a recent visit to the court. Madam Zhang Xiaojin, the presiding judge of Trial Division II, told the delegation that the 45 judges on the Beijing court concluded 5,432 cases of the 9,179 cases it received in 2015.

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