With a rapid increase of IP innovation in China in recent years, the Chinese Government intends to be more rigorous on IP protection, which will also lead to a greater environment for IP creators and IP investors in China.

Here as follows, the main changes and data regarding this important topic.

First of all, China has become a member of WTO in the year of 2001 and 2016 is the 15th year of China’s accession to the WTO, which implies that China will face dozens of impending IP issues after expiration of 15-year “protection term”. Thus, Chinese Government accelerates its pace to cooperate with several international organizations and establishes new mechanisms to strengthen the IP protection recently.

From an “exhibition and seminar point of view” the sixth China International Copyright Expo, which was devoted to provide greater opportunities for enhancing the cooperation in IP Industry between global organizations, was held on Dec. 5th, 2016 in Guangzhou. In addition, an intellectual property forum regarding robust IT industry was organized by the Hong Kong government, the Hong Kong Trade Development Council and the Hong Kong Design Centre in Hong Kong on Dec. 1st, 2016.

Furthermore, there are data that confirm the important role that this Country has for the IP worldwide. According to the latest report from World Intellectual Property Organization (“WIPO”), in fact, the State Intellectual Property Office of China is the first office to receive 1 million applications in one year all over the world. Meanwhile, 7,600 patent disputes of e-commerce were handled by China’s IP authorities in 2015. For the future, the State Intellectual Property Office recently announced that the government would use big data technology to supervise online infringement and protect the patent according to the new policy, which aims to innovate patent mechanism.

You can better explore these new steps and many other details about this topic in the Guide IPR Intellectual Property Rights in China, written by Mr. Carlo D’Andrea and just published.

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