The State Administration of Market Regulation (市场监管总局, SAMR) released the 2020 Legislative Plan, listing 55 legislative projects. Of the 55 projects, several are related to intellectual property law. The intellectual property related projects include: Antitrust Law of the People’s Republic of China; Implementation Rules of the Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China; Certain provisions prohibiting infringement of trade secrets; Measures for the Administration of Trademark Agencies; Geographical Indication Product Protection Regulations; Official Logo Protection Measures; Certain Provisions on …
The National Copyright Administration of the People’s Republic of China released 2019 filing data showing an almost 21% increase in works registered for copyright year on year. The total number of national copyright registrations in 2019 reached 4,186,549, compared with 3,457,338 in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 21.09%. This compares with a 9% drop in patent filings in 2019.
In an announcement by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), a memorandum of understanding has been signed between the CNIPA and the Norwegian Industrial Property Office (NIPO) allowing for accelerated examination of patent applications in each jurisdiction. The pilot will start April 1, 2020 and extend for three years to March 31, 2023.
On March 20, 2020, the Chinese Securities Regulatory Commission (similar to the Securities and Exchange Commission in the U.S.) released the Science and Technology Attribute Evaluation Guidelines (Trial) stating requirements to list on the Shanghai Stock Exchange’s Science & Technology Board. Among other requirements, applicants to list must have Chinese invention patents.