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Intellectual Property

China

In today’s knowledge economy, a large part of the value of your business is based on intangible assets and goodwill. Your intellectual property plays a key role in obtaining a competitive advantage. A cohesive IP strategy, including both commercialisation and enforcement, will ensure you get maximum value from your portfolio. With 150 specialist lawyers in 34 countries, we understand your business needs and have worked with some of the best-known brands, from banks to tech companies, pharmaceuticals and FMCG companies. This industry-specific approach can help you realise your commercial goals.

The right brands will win the hearts and minds of your customers. The right patents will prevent others exploiting your ideas or provide a substantial barrier to market access. Copyright, confidentiality and rights to designs also play a vital role. We focus on key sectors relevant to you such as lifesciences, automotive, manufacturing, consumer products, financial services and TMC. This means you get in-depth industry knowledge as well as legal expertise. If you are involved in a dispute, we can guide you through the litigation process, ensuring the best outcome in both domestic and international courts.

In China, we also have strategic collaborations with China Pharmaceutical University (CPU) and other leading academic institutions, enabling high quality technical analysis in a broad range of scientific disciplines and support from leading research professors.

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Ye Huang
17/03/2019
CNIPA to Fur­ther Curb on Bad Faith Trade­mark Ap­plic­a­tions
17/05/2019
China re­leases draft re­vi­sion of the Pat­ent Ex­am­in­a­tion Guidelines
The Na­tion­al In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Ad­min­is­tra­tion of the People's Re­pub­lic of China re­leased the Draft Re­vi­sion of the Pat­ent Ex­am­in­a­tion Guidelines ("Draft") on 4 April 2019. The Draft was open for pub­lic com­ment un­til 5 May 2019.
06/01/2019
PRC Su­preme People’s Court Is­sued Pro­vi­sions on Pro­hib­it­ory...
30/04/2019
China re­vises the rules on trade secrets in the Anti-Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion...
On 23 April, the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tion­al People’s Con­gress is­sued the Amend­ment of the Anti-Un­fair Com­pet­i­tion Law (“Amend­ment”). The Amend­ment mainly ad­dresses the pro­tec­tion of trade secrets.
Ye Huang
27/12/2018
In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Pro­tec­tion un­der the New PRC...
29/04/2019
China amends Trade­mark Law to reg­u­late bad-faith re­gis­tra­tion
On 23 April, the amended Trade­mark Law ("Amended Trade­mark Law") was passed by the Stand­ing Com­mit­tee of the Na­tion­al People's Con­gress of the People's Re­pub­lic of China. The Amended Trade­mark Law will take ef­fect on 1 Novem­ber 2019.
18/09/2017
New De­vel­op­ments on the PRC Cy­ber Se­cur­ity Law
China In­sight - IP
11/03/2019
Bad Faith Trade­mark Ap­plic­a­tions to be reg­u­lated by New Pro­vi­sions...
The Na­tion­al In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China (the “CNIPA”) is­sued Sev­er­al Pro­vi­sions on Reg­u­lat­ing the Ap­plic­a­tion for Re­gis­tra­tion of Trade­marks (Draft for Com­ment) (the “Draft Pro­vi­sions”) on 12 Feb­ru­ary 2019.
06/07/2017
PRC Cy­ber Se­cur­ity Law - What are the Most Im­port­ant...
China In­sight - IP
09/01/2019
China es­tab­lishes IP tribunal in the Su­preme People’s Court
The Su­preme People’s Court (“SPC”) of the People’s Re­pub­lic of China (“PRC”) re­leased the Pro­vi­sions on Sev­er­al Is­sues Re­lated to In­tel­lec­tu­al Prop­erty (“IP”) Tribunal (“Pro­vi­sions”) on 27 Decem­ber 2018.
17/01/2017
The State AIC Re­leased the Re­vised Stand­ards for Trade­mark...
China In­sight - IP
08/01/2019
PRC Su­preme People’s Court is­sued pro­vi­sions on pro­hib­it­ory in­junc­tions...
To fur­ther im­prove and ex­pand pro­hib­it­ory in­junc­tion pro­ced­ures in in­tel­lec­tu­al prop­erty (“IP”) dis­putes, the PRC Su­preme People’s Court(“SPC”) is­sued on 12 Decem­ber 2018 the Pro­vi­sions on Sev­er­al Is­sues Con­cern­ing the Ap­plic­a­tion of Law in Ex­amin­ing Cases.