On March 17, 2018, the 13th National People’s Congress (“NPC”) approved the plan of restructuring administrative organs under the State Council. The implementation of the plan is already in process, but the State Council did not announce a date for completion. Specifically, on the IP side, the SIPO will take over registration and administration of trademarks from the State Administration for Industry & Commerce (“SAIC”) by incorporating the China Trademark Office (“CTMO”). The SIPO will also take over registration and administration of geographic indicators from the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (“AQSIQ”). The SIPO will retain its responsibility of registration and administrative adjudication of patents (including examination of patent applications, reexamination and invalidation proceedings). Currently, the SIPO will not take over the administration of copyright from the National Copyright Administration. Continue Reading China announces plan to restructure the State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”)

There are significant differences between U.S. and Chinese patent practice, particularly with respect to Office Action (OA) responses.  U.S. patent practitioners should know about these differences so that (1) when they are drafting U.S. cases to be translated and filed in China, they can avoid submitting claims and doing other things that will not work in China and that will have to either be redone by the Chinese firm before filing or will result in needless rejections and delay, and (2) when they are working with their Chinese counterpart counsel, they can have a better understanding of Chinese practice.

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