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CNIPA Releases Guidelines to Back IP Rights

Mon, 26 Apr 2021
Categories: China Legal Trends

Recently, CNIPA issued the Annual Work Guidelines for Promoting High-Quality Development of Intellectual Property (2021) (“the 2021 Guidelines”, 推动知识产权高质量发展年度工作指引(2021)).

The 2021 Guidelines emphasizes strengthening the implementation of supporting policies for the high-quality development of intellectual property rights. Among them, CNIPA stresses in the supporting policies that it will improve the policy of intellectual property rights protection, including: (1) strengthening the administrative protection of intellectual property rights, and promoting the administrative adjudication of patent infringement disputes; (2) strengthening the development of integrity system in the field of intellectual property rights; (3) promoting the establishment of intellectual property arbitration and mediation institutions and strengthening the assistance mechanism for safeguarding intellectual property rights in the settlement of intellectual property disputes; (4) promoting the efficient operation of the guidance center for overseas intellectual property disputes resolution, so as to help Chinese enterprises safeguard their rights and interests overseas.

The Guidelines includes a 2021 task list of CNIPA with a total of 22 items in its annexes, including severely cracking down on illegal acts of trademark and patent agencies, among which the key work is to tackle the acts of providing agency and registration services for malicious preemptive registration of trademarks, acting as the patent agent without qualifications, acting as the agent for irregular patent applications not for the purpose of innovation, soliciting business by improper means, and canceling the government subsidies applied by the agencies that have committed such practice and so on.

Contributors: CJO Staff Contributors Team

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