Twelve Chinese Provinces and Cities Strengthen Cooperation in Administrative Protection of Intellectual Property

The Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Jiangsu, Shandong, Guangdong, Chongqing, Sichuan, Hubei, Zhejiang, Anhui, and Shanghai Intellectual Property Offices of the 12 Chinese provinces and municipalities jointly signed the “Provincial and Municipal Intellectual Property Administrative Cooperation Agreement” in Shanghai. According to the agreement, relevant provinces and cities will further cooperation in terms of clue transfer of intellectual property administrative protection cases, assistance in investigation and enforcement, joint law enforcement protection, mutual recognition and sharing of results, etc., and enhance work synergy.

According to the agreement, the Twelve Provinces and Municipal Intellectual Property Offices will further open channels for the transfer of relevant case leads, strengthen cooperation in case investigation and evidence collection, processing of document delivery, and implementation of processing decisions, and promote the establishment of a mutual recognition mechanism for intellectual property infringement determination, the city’s key trademark protection mutual recognition list, etc., and strengthen the sharing of service resources such as intellectual property infringement dispute inspection and appraisal, arbitration and mediation, and overseas rights protection assistance.

In addition, the relevant provinces and cities will also carry out joint enforcement and handling of major events such as the Expo, the Canton Fair, the Winter Olympics, exhibitions, the Internet, and professional markets, as well as major and difficult cases, and crack down on intellectual property infringements.

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