The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will be closed January 31st to February 6th 2022 for the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival). Note, to compensate, CNIPA will be open on January 29 (Saturday) and January 30 (Sunday). Patent deadlines are postponed to the next following non-weekend workday. Other closure dates for 2022 Chinese holidays can be found here.
On January 24, 2022, the Shanghai Third Intermediate People’s Court (上海第三中院) announced the affirmation of a lower court’s ruling sentencing co-defendant Wu XX to two years, two months in prison for counterfeiting trademarks of Cartier and generating illegal revenue of more than 61 million RMB (~$9.6 million USD).
On January 24, 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the 2022 National Intellectual Property Administrative Protection Work Plan (国家知识产权局关于印发2022年全国知识产权行政保护工作方案的通知). Two interesting goals of the Plan include further reducing abnormal patent applications and malicious trademark registrations and gradually reduce and eventually eliminate financial subsidies for patent authorization.
On January 20, 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the 14th Five-Year Plan for Patent and Trademark Examination (专利和商标审查“十四五”规划). The Plan specifies development goals and indicator to reach by 2025. Of particular note for patent practitioners is the goal to reduce the patent examination cycle from an average of 20 months to 15 months and the potential adding of a preliminary examination for inventiveness in utility models.