This year's edition of Managing IP's annual publication
focused on intellectual property in China comes at a time of
great excitement but also tough challenges.
It is clear that improvements have been made. China has
taken important steps to strengthen its IP system. For example,
it has established dedicated IP courts and continues to open
new tribunals. As this publication went to press, news emerged
of big changes at the State Intellectual Property Office. Under
the restructuring plan, SIPO will be responsible for
facilitating the creation of an IP rights protection system,
and the registration and administrative adjudication of trade
marks, patents and geographical indications. This will combine
the enforcement functions of trade marks and patents which have
been separately managed.
Staying on top of IP trends in this rapidly-evolving market
can be tough. I hope this publication will provide some
Over the following pages, you will learn about some of the
most important topics in China IP at the moment. One piece
looks at how the protection of IP rights in China is
On the patent side, there are articles about priority in
applications, prosecution guidelines, cases that have
considered supplementary experimental data, infringement
defences, sufficient disclosure at the Supreme Court,
standard-essential patents, Taiwan's new patent linkage system,
and remedies in the litigation process.
On the trade mark side, there are articles on original
equipment manufacturer liability, coexistence agreements and
On the copyright side, there is a piece looking at
cybersquatting and domain names.
If you do business in China, I am sure you will find much
worth reading in this Managing IP supplement, the full contents
of which can also be found online at