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China Scrutinises Overseas IPR Transfer

New regulations regarding the transfer of intellectual property rights (IPRs) to overseas parties have been introduced by the General Office of the State Council. Effective as of 29 March 2018, the new regulations Measures on the Work of Transferring Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) to Foreign Parties (Trial Implementation) – have a particular focus on any IPR transfer issues deemed to be contrary to the interests of national security. More specifically, in all sectors designated as sensitive with regards to national security, any IPR reallocation relating to technology transfer or involving an overseas enterprise acquiring or merging with a domestic business will be subject to an official review.

For further details (in Chinese), please visit the following link:

Circular of the State Council General Office on Issuing the Measures on the Work of Transferring IPRs to Foreign Parties (Trial Implementation) (Guo Ban Fa No. 19 [2018])

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