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China’s National Intellectual Property Administration Releases 2023 Administrative Protection Work Plan

On March 7, 2023, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) released the 2023 National Intellectual Property Administrative Protection Work Plan (2023年全国知识产权行政保护工作方案). The Plan mentions cracking down further on abnormal (irregular) patent applications and malicious registration of trademarks, complete the revision of the Implementation Rules of the Patent Law, and promote the revision of the Trademark Law, etc.

Specifically, the Plan states:

3. The improvement and implementation of the intellectual property protection system shall be promoted. We shall assist in completing the amendment of the Detailed Rules for the Implementation of the Patent Law, and promote the amendment of the Trademark Law and the Regulation on the Implementation thereof…

4. Severely crack down on abnormal patent applications and malicious registration of trademarks. Continue to standardize patent application behavior, establish a rapid handling linkage mechanism, improve the precise management list system for patent applications, improve the active verification and reporting mechanism, and strengthen credit supervision and policy constraints on units and individuals that submit abnormal patent applications. Strengthen the management of key violations such as fraudulent use of other people’s identity information to apply for patents, and if suspected crimes are found in the work, they shall be notified or transferred to the judicial organs in a timely manner…

The full text is available here (Chinese only).

Principal, and Director of the China Intellectual Property Practice

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