At the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, President Xi Jinping delivered an almost 2-hour work report, which is somewhat analogous to the U.S. President’s annual State of the Union Address. President Xi also issued a much longer written work report that goes into more detail on the many of the topics he covered, including technology development and intellectual property.
Ten Frequently Asked Questions for Chinese Customs Recordation of Intellectual Property Rights
On September 30, 2022, the General Administration of Customs of China released a list of ten frequently asked questions and answers for intellectual property customs recordation in China. Recordation of intellectual property in China with customs can block both import to China and export from China. As China remains a major source of counterfeit goods, recordation to block export can be more efficient than blocking import at multiple destinations.
China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Approves Establishment of First 3 Foreign Patent Agencies in China
On May 20, 2022, China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the “Notice of the State Intellectual Property Office on Approving the Establishment of Permanent Representative Offices in China by 3 Foreign Patent Agencies including Levy Intellectual Property Company of France” (国家知识产权局关于批准法国利维知识产权公司等3家外国专利代理机构在中国境内设立常驻代表机构的通知). CNIPA authorized 2 French firms and 1 American firm per the Administrative Measures for the Establishment of Resident Representative Offices in China by Foreign Patent Agencies and other relevant rules.
Chinese Utility Model Grants Up 29.5% in Q1 2022 YoY
Despite the China National Intellectual Property Administration’s (CNIPA) efforts to crack down on “irregular” patent applications, the number of granted utility models climbed 29.5% in 2022 Q1 compared to 2021 Q1. Specifically, the number of utility models granted in this 2o22 Q1 was 766,957 versus 591,965 in 2021 Q1. Invention patent grants grew slower at a 5.4% rate from 152,342 to 160,671 granted invention patents.