New Development of Patent Administrative Enforcement in China

SIPO publishes new enforcement guidelines for comments on March 4, 2016. The new guidelines include:
(1) Patent Infringement Activity Identification Guideline(《专利侵权行为认定指南》);
(2) Patent Administrative Enforcement Evidence Guideline (《专利行政执法证据规则指引》);
(3) Other Patent Disputes Administrative Mediation Guideline (《其他专利纠纷行政调解指南》).
The deadline for comments is April 5, 2016, see http://www.sipo.gov.cn/tz/gz/201603/t20160304_1246757.html.

For those prefer or advocate judicial enforcement, the administrative enforcement appears to be here to stay. It is important to take advantage of the administrative procedures. According to available statistics, SIPO and its local offices handled 24479 patent-related disputes in 2014, and 21334 patent-related disputes in the first 10 months of 2015.

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