China recently renamed State Intellectual Property Office to China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). This represents one step closer to combine both patent and trademark administration into one regulatory body. The CNIPA will have four important functions:
1. Organizing the implementation of the national intellectual property strategy, especially to strengthen the creation, protection and application of intellectual property rights;
2. Promoting the construction of intellectual property protection system, guiding the administrative enforcement of trademarks and patents;
3. Being responsible for the registration and administrative ruling of patents, trademarks, geographical indications of origin; and
4. Coordinating foreign-related intellectual property matters, and conducting foreign intellectual property negotiations.