IP in China

The China Team of Policy and International Affairs consists of attorneys and staff members in Alexandria and IP attachés on the ground in China who are located in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai. Each team member brings extensive knowledge of and experience with China's intellectual property (IP) system. Along with IP attachés, the USPTO China Mission in China has five local attorneys who specialize in Chinese IP law.

Working with one of the principal strategic goals of the USPTO - to improve IP rights protection and enforcement domestically and abroad, the China Team works to establish strong relationships with China's IP agencies. As U.S. companies seek to do more business in China, it is increasingly important that USPTO effectively collaborates with the relevant national and sub-national authorities to improve the IP environment and address the significant challenges faced by companies in China.

The USPTO China Team collaborates closely with its U.S. government colleagues on a variety of China matters. For example, the USPTO is co-partner with the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in leading the Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Working Group of the U.S. - China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT). The JCCT is the main bilateral vehicle for addressing trade and investment related challenges, including those related to IPR, between the two countries. The China Team also works closely with U.S. rights holders, academics and foreign government officials to gather and assess information to effectively inform policy priorities. To assist U.S. rights holders, especially small- and medium-sized enterprises, the China Team provides information and assistance regarding challenges in China's IP environment, including through China Road Shows which brings the China Team's expertise to rights holders throughout the United States.

Upcoming China IP events

  • June 21, 2017: 2nd Annual U.S.-China Entertainment Law Conference, Beijing, China: The USPTO is partnering with Beijing University Law School, the Loyola Law School Los Angeles, and the Beijing Film Academy to present this one-day gathering to discuss cutting-edge legal issues in the U.S. and Chinese entertainment industries. Click here for more information, including a list of topics and speakers; to register click here.

  • June 23, 2017: International Seminar on the Legal Protection for Sports Broadcasts, Beijing, China: The USPTO and the National Copyright Administration of China are co-hosting this international seminar on the legal protection for sports broadcasts, which will bring together government officials from the United States, China, and the European Union; academic leaders; and industry representatives. Click here for registration information and for the Agenda.

  • July 10, 2017: China Intellectual Property Road Show, Detroit, Michigan: The USPTO’s China IP road show comes to Detroit, bringing together policy makers and thought leaders on China IP issues from the U.S. government, academia, and practitioners — including local businesses, experts, and resources — to share insights that will benefit U.S. IP rights holders. This ongoing series has been organized by the USPTO, often in cooperation with its local regional office, nearby U.S. Export Assistance Center, local bar associations, and other business organizations, to provide a forum for attendees to create networks and engage in informed discussions of IP issues that affect their businesses. For more information and to register click here.

  • July 12, 2017: China Intellectual Property Road Show, Grand Rapids, Michigan: The USPTO’s China IP road show comes to Grand Rapids, bringing together policy makers and thought leaders on China IP issues from the U.S. government, academia, and practitioners — including local businesses, experts, and resources — to share insights that will benefit U.S. IP rights holders. This ongoing series has been organized by the USPTO, often in cooperation with its local regional office, nearby U.S. Export Assistance Center, local bar associations, and other business organizations, to provide a forum for attendees to create networks and engage in informed discussions of IP issues that affect their businesses. For more information and to register click here.

Resources and documents

Request for Comments on Intellectual Property Enforcement in China, 76 FR 64075

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