State Intellectual Property Office Actually Only Be in Charge of Patent Matters in China

The Introduction to the IPR Administrations in China

We find that it remains unclear to most foreign friends that the division among the administrations managing IPR in China. Actually, it also puzzles local people for it’s hardly to judge the specific function of the administration from its name, for example, the State Intellectual Property Office is in charge of patent management, the industry and commerce administration for trademark, and the Copy Right Office, the managing organ for copyright, is also known as the administration of press and publication. (the image above is the logo of the administrations mentioned in this post)

I. Trademark

In China, the administrative management of trademark is charged by the State Administration for Industry & Commerce of the People’s Republic and local administrations around China. At the same time, the State Administrations has set up the Trademark Office and Trademark Review and Adjudication Board for the issues related to the trademark.

The trademark granting is subject to the certificated issued by the administrative organ, which is namely the Trademark Office set up by the State Administration. Meanwhile, in addition to the trademark application, registration and Read More...

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