Update of Geographical Indications Protection in China

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This is the PPT by Guizeng (Wayne) Liu, as a speaker of the panel, CSA25 Geographical Indications around the World at the 141st INTA Annual Meeting in Boston, USA, May 18-22, 2019. Moderator: James Tumbridge, United Kingdom, and Speakers, Guizeng (Wayne) Liu, China; Shawna Morris, USA; Andrew Papadopoulos, South Africa; Elio De Tulio, Italy and Julian Vadillo, Mexico.

In China, GIs bear significance to advance the social economy development, promote trade and investment and protect cultural heritage.

Registration and Administration of GI as Certification Mark and/or Collective Mark by China Trademark Office (CTMO) under China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) of the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR)The Accumulative number of filings of trademarks is over 36.7 million, the number of registrations is over 24.1 millions, and effective number of existing registrations is nearly 21.2 millions. Almost every 5.3 entities in the market own one registered trademark.

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CHINESE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INSTITUTIONAL REFORM

In August 2018, China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) was renamed the National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA). It was reorganized under the new government body the State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR).

SAMR was formed by the incorporation of several and currently separated administrative bodies. The following agencies or functions will be integrated under SAMR:

• the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) (to be dismantled);

• the General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) (to be dismantled);

• the China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) (to be dismantled);

• the pricing regulation probe and anti-monopoly enforcement function of the National Development and Reform Commission;

• the anti-monopoly enforcement function against concentration of business operators that was originally undertaken by the Ministry of Commerce; and

• the Office of the Anti-monopoly Committee under the State Council. Continue reading “CHINESE INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY INSTITUTIONAL REFORM” »