26 January 2021

Patents, trademarks, and new features in the development of the protection of IP rights in China

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On Friday, January 22 2021, the State Intellectual Property Office in China held a press conference for the first quarter of 2021 in Beijing, releasing statistics on the country’s patents, trademarks, and new features in the development of the protection of IP rights in China.

In 2020 the number of IP applications hit a new record. China authorized 530 000 patents related to new inventions, 2.377 million utility model patents (new use of existing technology) and 732 000 new design patents.

Did you know that even if your IP is registered in another country, it is not automatically recognised as registered in China? China has a first-to-file system, where those who apply for the IP first owns it. China has a first-to-file jurisdiction system rather than a first-to-use. If someone else (your competitor or even a trademark "hijacker") registers your trademark or patent first, you may face legal action or seizure or may need to buy back your own trademark in China. 

If you are exhibiting at international trade fairs, the risk to your IP is high unless you prepare appropriately. It is important that you register patents, designs and trademarks in China and all relevant markets before you exhibit your product, or else you could be vulnerable to trademark squatters and lose the ability to secure patent or design protection in China. 

Thus, companies that produce or sell products in China should consider protecting their IP as early as possible as an important tool to reduce risk. 

Book a meeting with us if you need help with protecting your IP in China: BOOK A MEETING.

 

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