The China Team of the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs consists of attorneys and staff members in Alexandria, Virginia, 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 the 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.
China IP Road Shows
To assist U.S. rights holders, especially small and medium-sized enterprises, the USPTO China Team provides information and assistance regarding challenges in China's IP environment, including through its series of China Road Shows, which bring the China Team's expertise to rights holders throughout the United States. For more information, click here.
April 17, 2018: Webinar: Understanding Utility Model Patents in China:
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Office of Policy and International Affairs brings together a group of five experienced private practitioners and in-house counsel to offer their expertise and practical insights on utility model patents and how U.S. companies can best utilize them when doing business in China. Registration is required; CLE credit is available. For more information, click here.
Resources and documents
- Deputy Director Lee’s opening remarks when PTO hosted meetings of the Sino-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) on September 10, 2014 (Chinese language version)
- Deputy Director Lee’s opening remarks when PTO hosted meetings of the Sino-U.S. Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) on September 10, 2014 (English language version)
- USPTO Comments to China's Patent Law Amendments
- Letter from Mr. Kappos to Tian Lipu on the Proposed Amendments to the Chinese Patent Law
- Commissioner Tian's letter to Mr. Kappos
- Read the Department of Commerce's blog post, "U.S.-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) Concludes with Significant Agreements." (link is external) (link is external)
- Request for Comments on Intellectual Property Enforcement in China, 76 FR 64075
- Read the comments on the USPTO's Federal Register notice on IP Enforcement in China (link is external) (link is external) (October 2011)
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