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China Enhances Intellectual Property Protection Regime

China has announced a number of measures designed to enhance the protection of intellectual property rights. This will see steps taken to strengthen intellectual property protection at source and to improve the quality and efficiency of the patent approval process, including revisions to existing legislation, harsher penalties for transgressors and an accelerated patenting and trademarking process.

In addition, the regulations already in place will be fine-tuned, with amendments made to the Patent Law and the Trademark Law, while any transgressions of either will incur more severe penalties. On an on-going basis, the Copyright Law, the Regulations on the Protection of New Varieties of Plants and other related legislation will also be duly updated, while moves to streamline any related administration, further delegate responsibility and improve the overall regulatory and service environment will continue.

The changes were announced by the National Intellectual Property Administration on 24 July this year, and comply with a previous directive from the State Council.

Source: State Council of China

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