The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will be closed from February 4, 2019 to February 10, 2019 for the Chinese New Year holiday. All official deadlines falling on the above dates will automatically be extended to February 11, 2019. Accordingly, please instruct your Chinese counsel in advance to ensure timely handling of matters due during this period.

Chinese New Year is a Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar (Lunar calendar). The festival is usually referred to as the Spring Festival. The festival was traditionally a time to honor deities as well as ancestors. The evening preceding Chinese New Year’s Day, called Chuxi (除夕), is frequently regarded as an occasion for Chinese families to gather for the annual reunion dinner. It is also traditional for every family to thoroughly clean their house, in order to sweep away any ill-fortune and to make way for incoming good luck. Another custom is the decoration of windows and doors with red paper-cuts and couplets. Popular themes among these paper-cuts and couplets include that of good fortune or happiness, wealth, and longevity. Other activities include lighting firecrackers and giving money in red paper envelopes.

The China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) will be closed from December 30, 2018 to January 1, 2019 for the New Year holiday. All official deadlines falling on the above dates will be automatically extended to January 2, 2019. Please note that Christmas is not an official holiday in China and the deadlines of CN matters that fall on December 25, 2018 will not be postponed to December 26, 2018. Accordingly, please instruct your Chinese counsel in advance for matters due during this period to ensure timely handling.

A New Year brings new grace for new accomplishments. Wish you all a prosperous New Year.

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Michael Mangelson has been IP Attaché at the US consulate in Shanghai since 2014. In this interview, we talk with Michael about what is the US IP attaché program and specifically his role in China.

Aaron Wininger: First off, what is the US IP Attaché program?

Michael: The United States Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Intellectual Property (IP) Attaché Program works to improve IP systems internationally. The attachés advocate to improve IP policies, laws, and regulations abroad, which benefits the host country as well as U.S. businesses and stakeholders.

Aaron: How about more specifically in China?

Michael:  I work closely with U.S. companies on IPR protection and enforcement issues and coordinate with U.S. government agencies and China counterparts to resolve IP concerns, promote U.S. IP policy in China, and encourage effective IP protection and enforcement in China. This includes assisting U.S. businesses on IPR issues in China, advising officials at all levels of the U.S. government on China’s IP system, conducting training activities and advising the Chinese government on U.S. IP law and policy, and helping to secure high IPR standards in trade agreements and China’s laws and monitoring implementation of these provisions.

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