Trademarks and patents in China: The impact of non-market factors on filing trends and IP systems
The USPTO report discusses how the explosive growth in Chinese patent and trademark filings may be influenced by non-market factors such as subsidies, government mandates, bad-faith trademark applications, and defensive countermeasures. It also explores the impacts of the increased filings, such as undermining domestic and foreign registries, stretching the capacity of China’s patent and trademark examiners and review authorities, and narrowing the scope of available protection for legitimate rights holders.
USPTO’s IP attachés
The USPTO has IP attachés posted in three cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. They work to improve the IP climate in China for the benefit of U.S. stakeholders and provide information to U.S. companies doing business there.
USPTO IP awareness assessment
The IP Awareness Assessment is a 20–30 minute questionnaire, developed jointly by the USPTO and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, that will help you to assess your IP awareness.
STOPfakes.gov is the federal government's one-stop-shop for tools and resources on intellectual property rights (IPR). The federal agencies behind STOPfakes.gov have developed a number of resources to educate and assist businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as consumers, government officials, and the general public. In addition to its website, STOPfakes.gov also operates a hotline—1-866-999-HALT (1-866-999-4258)—that is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday.
- Learn the details about protecting your intellectual property in China with the China IPR Toolkit. This all-new guidebook was prepared by U.S. government IP specialists with on-the ground experience in China.
Additional U.S. government resources
- U.S. Commercial Service
- U.S. Commercial Service: China Country Commercial Guide
- U.S. Commercial Service in China
- U.S. Commercial Service: Export Assistance Centers
- International Trade Administration: Access Asia
- International Trade Administration: Export Solutions
- U.S. Department of Justice: Intellectual Property Section
- U.S. Department of Justice: Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS)
- U.S. Department of Justice: Global Law Enforcement Network of International Computer Hacking and Intellectual Property (ICHIP)
- U.S. Department of State: Intellectual Property Enforcement
- U.S. Department of State: Embassies and consulates in China
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection: e-Recordation Program
- U.S. Customs and Border Protection: IPR points of contact
Chinese government websites
China’s Legislative Offices:
China’s IP Offices:
- China National Intellectual Property Administration (Chinese; English)
- National Copyright Administration (Chinese; English)