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China’s trademark registration applications hit 3.691 million in 2016

Mar 1, 2017 IP NEWS |
Latest statistics from the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) show that China handled 3.691 million trademark registration applications in 2016, securing its place as the world’s largest for 15 consecutive years. According to the...
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China Vows to Strengthen Protection of Intellectual Property Rights

Dec 12, 2016 IP NEWS |
On Nov. 27, 2016, China released a Guideline on better protection of property rights, in an effort to shore up social confidence and promote social justice. The Guideline highlights, among others, the intent of strengthening protection of...
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China’s applications for evaluation report of patent for design exceed 20,000

Nov 23, 2016 IP NEWS |
According to the data from the State Intellectual Property Office of China (i.e. SIPO), as of Oct. 28, 2016, the total amount of applications for evaluation report of patent for design exceeded the benchmark number of 20,000. The definition of “...
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The China Trademark Office Approved the Registration of the First Sound Trademark Filed by a Foreign Applicant

Nov 10, 2016 IP NEWS |
On August 21 st , 2016, the China Trademark Office approved the use of sound trademark “SOFY” on commodities such as sanitary napkins by Unicharm, Co., Ltd, being the first sound trademark registered by a foreign applicant in China. Located in Ehime...
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2016 ID5 Joint Statement

Nov 4, 2016 IP NEWS |
The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO), the Japan Patent Office (JPO), the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), the State Intellectual Property Office of the People's Republic of China (SIPO), and the United States Patent and...
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Opinions of the State Council on Accelerating the Establishment of a Strong IPR Country under the New Situation - Division of Tasks

Aug 2, 2016 IP NEWS |
On July 18, 2016, the State Council issued the action plan, Opinions of the State Council on Accelerating the Establishment of a Strong IPR Country under the New Situation - Division of Tasks. The action plan aims at breaking down and refining the...
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Common Initiatives for Strengthening Cooperation between Countries along the “Belt and Road” in the Field of Intellectual Property

Jul 27, 2016 IP NEWS |
During the High-Level Conference on Intellectual Property for Countries along the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (“Belt and Road” Initiative, BRI) in Beijing, China from 21 to 22 July 2016, the Round Table on...
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Innovation index report: China ranks the 18th place

Jul 15, 2016 IP NEWS |
China moved the 18th place from 17th among the 40 countries whose spending on R&D accounts for 97% of the total in the world, according to the 2015 report on national innovation index issued by Chinese Academy of Science and Technology for...
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More Goods and Services Are Acceptable for Trademark Registration

Jul 15, 2016 IP NEWS |
On July 12, 2016, the China Trademark Office announced that in addition to the goods and services listed in the Classification Table of Similar Goods and Services for Registration of Trademarks, 2,000 more goods and services are acceptable...
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Patent disputes mediation period shortens to two months

Jun 21, 2016 IP NEWS |
Recently, SIPO released a notice to strengthen handling the patent disputes mediation. Relevant department in charge of patent administration must conclude the patent disputes mediation within two months. The notice regulates that relevant...
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