On January 25, 2022, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) issued the Notice on Continuing and Strictly Regulating Patent Application Behavior (国家知识产权局关于持续严格规范专利申请行为的通知) to further crack down on irregular (abnormal) Chinese patent applications. In December 2021, CNIPA announced it had determined that about 815,000 patent applications were irregular so far in 2021.
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.