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Annual reports, statistics

  • Annual reports of the Chinese Patent Office (SIPO)
    English translations of SIPO's annual reports can be found on this website. In addition to the statistics for applications and grants for invention patents, utility models and designs, the annual reports include statistics on top filers and popular technological fields in China, and information on recent developments within the Chinese Patent Office.

    Statistics of the Hong Hong Intellectual Property Department
    Recent figures for standard and short-term patent applications and registrations, as well as for designs and trade marks can be found in this section of the website of the Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department.

    Annual reports of the Indian Patent Office
    The annual reports of the Indian Patent Office can be found on the "IP India" website. The annual reports contain statistics and further information on patents, designs and trade marks, and highlight trends in certain technical fields.

    Annual reports of the Japan Patent Office
    English versions of the Japan Patent Office's (JPO) recent annual reports can be found in the section "Reports" on this website. The English versions are an extract of the Japanese information and provide an overview of the JPO's policies and statistical data on patents, utility models, designs and trade marks.

    Annual reports of the Korean Patent Office
    English versions of the Korean Patent Office's (KIPO) annual reports can be found via this link. In addition to statistical data for patents, utility models, designs and trade marks, the annual report provides an overview on the development of the intellectual property system in Korea in areas like administration, legal framework and IP protection.

    Annual reports of the Taiwan Patent Office
    This link leads to the statistics chapter of the Taiwan Patent Office's (TIPO) annual reports in English. In addition to the figures for applications and grants of invention patents, utility models, designs and trade marks, the annual statistics show the most popular technical fields and the top applicants in Chinese Taipei.

    Statistics of Malaysia
    Statistics on filing and granting in Malaysia are available on the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO) website.

    Statistics of IP Philippines
    IP Philippines statistics from 2005 to date, including summaries of IP enforcement data concerning seizures, area of operations and counterfeit good and pirated items are available on this webpage.

    Annual reports of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
    This website provides online access to the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore's (IPOS) annual reports.

Fee schedules

  • Schedule of fees in China
    The official schedule of fees is currently only available in Chinese language on the Chinese Patent Office's (SIPO) website. A brief table which summarises the most important fees is available in the publication "IP Factsheet: Mainland China" on the website of the China IPR SME Helpdesk (http://www.china-iprhelpdesk.eu/content/china-factsheets)
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    Schedule of fees in Chinese Taipei
    The detailed amounts of fees for patents, utility models and designs are included in the "Regulations of Patent Fees", which can be downloaded in PDF format from the Taiwan Patent Office's (TIPO) English website.

    Schedule of fees at GCC Patent Office
    The schedule of fees is available on the English website of the Patent Office of the Cooperation Coucil for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC).

    Forms and fees for patent applications in India
    A list of the required forms (in PDF format) and fees (in rupees) for patent applications is provided on the Indian Patent Office's "IP India" website. Different fees for natural persons and for legal entities apply.

    Schedule of fees in Japan
    The schedule of fees is available on the English website of the Japan Patent Office (JPO).

    Schedule of fees in Korea
    The Korean Patent Office (KIPO) provides a schedule of the current fees for patents, utility models, designs and trade marks on its English website.

    Schedule of trade mark fees in Laos PDR
    The Department of Intellectual Property, Standardisation & Metrology's (DIPSM) English website provides a schedule of the current fees for trade marks in Laos PDR.

    Schedule of fees in Macao
    The English website of The Macao Economic Services (MES) provides a schedule of the current fees in Macao.

    Schedule of fees in Malaysia
    The schedule of all fees is available on the English website of the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). It includes links to the relevant forms in PDF and Word format.

    Schedule of fees in the Philippines
    The IP Philippines English website provides schedules of the current fees for patents, utility models, designs, trade marks and technology transfer.

    Schedule of fees in Saudi Arabia
    You can find an overview on all fees in Article 42 (pages 26f.) of the document Patents, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties , and Industrial Design (Effective from 26 Sep 2004), published on the website of the Saudi Patent Office.

    Schedule of fees in Singapore
    This section of the IPOS website contains a list of the forms (in PDF format) and fees for patent applications.

Laws and regulations

  • ASEAN: IP legislation, filing procedures and statistics
    The website of the "EC-ASEAN Intellectual Property Rights Co-operation Programme" offers a selection of national IP legislation from Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam in the "archive" section.

    China: China IP Law Database
    The EU China IP Law Database is a comprehensive resource of IP laws in both Europe and China. The China section includes English translations of the Chinese Patent Law, its Implementing Regulations and other legal documents in both English and Chinese. The database is hosted by the IP Key project and builds on the “China IP Law Search” which was created under the previous IPR2 project.

    Chinese Taipei: IP Court English website
    The English website of the Intellectual Property Court offers English translations of legal texts and further information on IP cases.

    Chinese Taipei: IP laws and regulations
    The Taiwan Patent Office (TIPO) provides original versions and English translations of the Taiwanese patent, utility model and design patent laws, and of the copyright and trade mark laws.

    Chinese Taipei: Enforcement Rules of the Taiwan Patent Act
    The Taiwan Patent Office (TIPO) provides original versions and English translations of the Enforcement Rules for the Patent Act on its website. The Rules further specify the legal stipulations in the Patent Act.

    Chinese Taipei: Laws & Regulations database
    This searchable database is hosted by the Taiwanese Ministry of Justice and contains English translations of laws and regulations from different areas.

    GCC: The Implementing by laws of The Amended Patent Regulation of GCC
    The current version of the Implementing by laws of the Amended Patent Regulation of GCC can be found on the English website of the Patent Office of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC).

    Hong Kong: Bilingual Laws Information System (BLIS)
    The BLIS database is hosted by the Department of Justice of Hong Kong. It provides access to the texts - in Chinese and English - of ordinances and subsidiary legislation in force on or after 30 June 1997 (including both current and previous versions). It also offers a full-text search function in English and Chinese.

    Hong Kong: Legal Information Institute
    The Hong Kong Legal Information Institute is an online facility which can be searched in both English and Chinese. Developed and maintained by the University of Hong Kong and the Australasian Legal Information Institute, it provides free access to legal texts and other materials relating to Hong Kong.

    India: Patents Act
    The Indian Patents Act of 1970 and its Amendments of 1999, 2002 and 2005 can be found on the "IP India" website of the Indian Patent Office. The legal texts are available as PDF versions in both English and Hindi.

    India: Rules of the Patents Act
    The Indian Patents Rules of 2003 and their Amendments of 2005 and 2006 can be found on the "IP India" website of the Indian Patent Office. The legal texts are available as PDF versions in both English and Hindi. The Patent Rules further specify the legal provisions of the Patents Act.

    Japan: Translations of Japanese laws and regulations
    A collection of Japanese laws including the "Patent Act", "Act on Prohibition of Private Monopolization and Maintenance of Fair Trade", etc. in Japanese original and (unofficial) English translated versions, is provided on the Cabinet Secretariat's website.

    Japan: Japanese Patent Attorney Law
    An English translation of the revised Patent Attorney (benrishi) Law is available on the Japan Patent Office (JPO) website.

    Japan: Examination Guidelines for Patents and Utility Models
    An English version of the current Examination Guidelines is available on the website of the Japan Patent Office (JPO). The document specifies the requirements for patent applications according to the Japanese law.

    Japan: Information on Foreign Industrial Property Systems
    The Japan Patent Office (JPO) offers a collection of (unofficial) English translations of intellectual property laws and regulations from a wide range of countries and regions on its website.

    Korea: Industrial property acts in English
    English translations of the Korean industrial property acts, including the patent, utility model, design and trade mark acts, and the "Unfair Competition Prevention and Trade Secret Protection Act", as provided on the Korean Patent Office's website.

    Korea: "Enforcement Decrees" for industrial property acts
    The Korean Patent Office (KIPO) publishes English versions of the "Enforcement Decrees" for all industrial property acts on its website. The "Enforcement Decrees" are regulations further specifying provisions of the respective act. On KIPO's website, click on "Reference Material - Industrial Property Acts", then on "Select menu".

    Korea: Ministry of Government Legislation's collection of legal texts in English
    The English website of the Ministry of Government Legislation offers access to a collection of Korean legal texts in English.

    Korea: National Assembly's collection of legal texts in English
    Another useful collection of English translations of recently enacted laws in Korea can be found on the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea website (click on "Resources").

    Laos: Trade mark legislative in Laos PDR
    The Department of Intellectual Property, Standardisation & Metrology Science, Technology & Environment Agency (DISM) publishes its Decree on Trademark Registration in English on its website.

    Malaysia: Patent Law
    The current version of the Malaysian patent law can be found on the English website of the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO). In addition to the patent act and its updates, this website also offers English translations of the patent regulations and the trade mark act, design act, geographical indications act, integrated circuit layout design act and copyright act. English translations of the regulations relating to all those laws are also available.

    Malaysia: Guidelines for Patent Examination
    An English translation of the the current version of the Malaysian Examination Guidelines can be found on the English website of the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).

    Malaysia: Patent & Utility Innovation Administration and Examination Manual
    An English translation of the current version of this manual can be found on the English website of the Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO).

    Macao: Intellectual Property Law
    The current version of Macao SAR's patent law (Industrial Property Code Decree-Law Nº 97/99/M of 13 December 1999) can be found on the English website of the Macao Economic Services (MES), which also offers an English translation of the copyright law.

    Philippines: IP law, rules and regulations
    The Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines publishes IP laws, rules and regulations in English on its website.

    Saudi Arabia: Law of Patents, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs
    An English translation of the current version of Law of Patents, Layout Designs of Integrated Circuits, Plant Varieties, and Industrial Designs can be found on the English website of King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST).

    Singapore: IP laws and regulations
    This webpage gives access to the main IP legislation texts in English, such as the Patents Act of 1 December 2008, Patent (Composition of Offences) Regulations, Patents (Patent Agents) Rules 2001 and Patent Rules. You can also find legislation on trade marks, registered designs, plant varieties protection, copyright, geographical indications and layout designs of integrated circuits

    Singapore: Collection of legal texts from Singapore
    "Singapore Statutes Online" is a legal research tool which offers the public free access to the full texts of Acts of Parliament in force. The texts are in English and updated monthly.

    WIPO: Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA)
    The website of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) contains the Collection of Laws for Electronic Access (CLEA), a unique electronic database which provides easy access to intellectual property legislation from a wide range of countries and regions.

Official organisations and associations

  • Asian Patent Attorneys Association
    The Asian Patent Attorneys Association (APAA) is a non-governmental organisation of patent attorneys and currently consists of 17 recognised regional groups, located for example in Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Macao, Malaysia and Vietnam.

    China: All-China Patent Agents Association
    The English website of the All-China Patent Agents Association (ACPAA), a non-profit organisation for Chinese patent attorneys, provides a list of patent agencies authorised to handle foreign cases, the schedule of fees, laws and regulations and other information.

    Chinese Taipei: Patent Attorneys Association
    The English website of the Taiwan Patent Attorneys Association (TWPAA) which was established in December 2009. Alternatively, information on Taiwanese patent agents can be found on the English website of the regional group of the "Asian Patent Attorneys Association".

    Hong Kong Group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association
    Information on the activities of the Hong Kong Group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association is available in a dedicated section of the APAA's website.

    India: "National Indian IPR Foundation" (NIPO)
    This official gateway to intellectual property in India gives access to various initiatives for IP protection and enforcement in India, and to legal services and databases. It also offers links to blogs and newsletters. NIPO maintains a helpdesk which is available via this website.

    India: Electronic register of patent agents
    The Indian Patent Office offers a searchable register of patent agents on the IPIndia website.

    Japan: Patent Attorneys Cooperative Association
    The English website of the Patent Attorneys Cooperative Association of Japan features a list of patent attorney offices in Japan.

    Japan: Japan Patent Attorneys Association
    Information on the activities of the Japan Patent Attorneys Association, details on application procedures and Q&A on the practice for Japanese patents, trade marks and design can be found on this English website. A section with links to national and international intellectual property organisations is also included.

    Korea: Patent Attorneys Association
    The Korean Patent Attorneys Association's website is currently only available in Korean language. Some English information can be found on the website of the Korean regional group of the Asian Patent Attorneys Association.

    Laos: Trade mark agents
    A list of registered trade mark agents in Laos is available on the English website of the Department of Intellectual Property, Standardisation & Metrology Science, Technology & Environment Agency (DISM)

    Malaysia: Patent agents
    The website of the Malaysia Patent Office (MyIPO) features a list of all registered patent agents in Malaysia.

    Singapore: IP Service Providers
    The Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS) offers a web-based directory to help companies and individuals search for relevant IP firms or services. The services listed in the directory include patent searches, patent drafting, IP training, but also copyright management and assistance in areas like litigation, licensing or prosecution.

    Singapore: Register of Patent Agents
    All patent attorneys currently registered with the Singapore Patent Office (IPOS) are listed in the Register of Patent Agents on the Singapore Patent Office website.

Other sources

  • China: State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) Chinese website
    SIPO's Chinese website publishes all official information relating to patents, utility models and designs in China.

    China: State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) English website
    This website gives access to laws, regulations, statistics and other official information from SIPO in English. Background on the Chinese patent system, news and a free patent database with a machine translation tool are also provided.

    ASEAN: ASEAN IPR SME Helpdesk
    This project provides free information and services for European businesses, helping them to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in the ASEAN countries. The website offers country factsheets, FAQ, case studies, a newsletter and other useful information such as e-learning modules. The helpdesk offers webinars, training events and a free helpline for enquiries.

    ASEAN: Intellectual Property Portal
    An official portal which provides comprehensive information on intellectual property from the ten ASEAN member states via a single website. The website offers basics on the individual IP systems, collections of legal documents and announcements of IP related activities in the region.

    China: China IPR SME Helpdesk
    This project provides free information and services for European businesses, helping them to protect and enforce their intellectual property rights in China. The multilingual website offers useful information such as a newsletter, e-learning modules, case studies and FAQ. The helpdesk offers webinars, various training events and a free helpline for enquiries.

    China: Chinese Trademark Office (CTMO) Chinese website
    The official Chinese website of the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of China publishes official information relating to trade marks in China.

    China: Chinese Trademark Office (CTMO) English website
    The English website of the Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of China provides news, statistics and other information on trade marks in China. A free database can be searched in both English and Chinese.

    China: China Intellectual Property Net (CNIPR)
    This English website is maintained by SIPO's "Intellectual Property Publishing House" (IPPH) and offers news, statistics and background information on IP in China.

    China: Intellectual Property Protection in China
    This official government portal on the protection of intellectual property in China contains background information on policies, such as the National IPR Strategy. It offers links to laws and treaties, prominent IPR cases and recent news on the subject. A free subscription to a weekly newsletter is also available.

    China: "China IP Litigation Analysis" database (CIELA)
    A free searchable online database of key information on final IP judgments handed down by China's courts. It includes information on damages, court profiles and statistics on top IP cases, and can be used as an analytical tool.

    China: "Roadmaps for IP Protection"
    The EU-China IPR2 Project provides free "Roadmaps for IP Protection" on its website, covering various topics related to intellectual property protection in China. These guides can be downloaded in PDF format and contain information on topics such as patent protection, copyright, and trade mark and customs enforcement.

    Chinese Taipei: TIPO's Chinese website
    The Taiwan Patent Office's Chinese website publishes official information relating to patents, utility models, designs, trade marks and copyright in Chinese Taipei.

    Chinese Taipei: TIPO's English website
    This website gives access to laws, regulations, statistics and other official information from the Taiwan Patent Office in English. Background on the patent system, news and a free patent and trade mark search database are also provided.

    Chinese Taipei: Taiwan Patent Search (TWPAT)
    TWPAT is hosted by the Taiwan Patent Office (TIPO). This free database can be searched for patents, utility models and designs in English. Bibliographic data, English abstracts (for patents) and original documents (PDF) can be accessed. Legal status and citation information are also provided.

    Chinese Taipei: Chinese-English Technical Patent Glossary
    This free online glossary can be browsed according to IPC classes and contains approximately 1.88 million bilingual technical terms used in patent documents.

    Chinese Taipei: TIPONet
    TIPONet offers electronic file inspection of Taiwanese documents. The Chinese interface includes an English machine translation to facilitate the search and interpretation of results. The documents in the file can be downloaded as a single PDF document. A separate English interface is also available and can be accessed via TIPO's English website.

    Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department
    The Intellectual Property Department was established on 2 July 1990 and is responsible for the registration of patents, trade marks, designs, copyright and other related matters in Hong Kong. The website contains detailed information on the procedures for all these rights.

    Hong Kong IPD Online Search System
    Patents, trade marks and designs from Hong Kong can be searched online via an English and a Chinese search interface.

    Intellectual Property Database for Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macao
    This searchable database contains information on patents, copyright, trade marks and registered designs from the Pearl Delta region.

    India: Draft Manual of Patent Practice and Procedure
    This handbook, which can be downloaded as a PDF file from the Indian Patent Office's website, provides information and details on patent procedures. On top of a brief history of India's patent system, this document gives detailed information, including case studies,on the procedures for filing a national or a PCT patent application in India. Official deadlines for office actions, opposition procedures, and fee information are also included.

    India: "National Indian IPR Foundation" (NIPO)
    This official gateway to intellectual property in India gives access to various initiatives for IP protection and enforcement in India, and to legal services and databases. It also offers links to blogs and newsletters. NIPO maintains a helpdesk which is available via this website.

    Japan Patent Office (JPO) Japanese website
    The JPO's Japanese website publishes official information relating to patents, utility models, designs and trade marks in Japan.

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    Patent Office (JPO) English website
    The JPO's English website gives an introduction to the JPO, an overview of the procedures, news, statistics and other official information on patents, utility models, designs and trade marks in Japan. The Japan Platform for Patent Information can be accessed from this site.

    Japan: Japan Platform for Patent Information (J-PlatPat)
    The JPO's Industrial Property Digital Library can be searched for Japanese patents, utility models, designs and trade marks from 1885 on. The English interface gives access to English abstracts, Japanese full documents, a machine translation tool and a brief legal status. On the Japanese interface, further information such as "patent term extensions" and full legal status data can be retrieved. Electronic file inspection is also possible.

    Japan: Japanese court cases in English
    The website of the Intellectual Property High Court provides a searchable database of court cases in Japan relating to intellectual property. Cases are taken from the Supreme Court, the Tokyo High Court, the Intellectual Property High Court and district courts. The full text of judgments in such court cases is made available in English in HTML format. Searches are possible by court, case number, date of judgment, type of intellectual property right or with keywords in the full text.

    Japan: Intellectual Property High Court decisions
    The IP High Court deals with appeals and decisions of the Japan Patent Office and with civil cases relating to intellectual property. Its English website provides statistics about the court's decisions from 1997 to date.

    Japan: Supreme Court decisions
    The website of the Supreme Court, the highest court in Japan, has a decisions database in English.

    Korean Patent Office (KIPO) Korean website
    KIPO's Korean website publishes official information relating to intellectual property in Korea.

    Korean Patent Office (KIPO) English website
    KIPO's English website gives an overview of the Korean IP system, news, statistics and other official information on intellectual property in Korea.

    Korea Intellectual Property Rights Information Service (KIPRIS)
    This source is maintained by the Korea Institute of Patent Information (KIPI) on behalf of the Korean Patent Office. KIPRIS gives free access to patents, utility models, designs and trade marks via an English search mask. Korean Patent Abstracts, full documents and legal status information can be retrieved using different search interfaces and features such as "cross-lingual retrieval". Register information is currently only available in Korean. The K2E-PAT machine-translation service, for which a charge is payable, can be accessed via this source.

    Korea: Traditional Knowledge Portal (KTKP)
    KIPO’s "Traditional Knowledge Portal" was launched in 2007. This database of Korean and Chinese medicine has an English interface and offers a wide range of scientific articles and patent documents.

    Korea: Supreme Court decisions
    The Supreme Court's English website offers a list of decisions in English, an overview of the proceedings in patent cases, links to legal sites and government sites and an electronic version of the Constitution.

    Singapore: Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS)
    This website publishes all official information relating to intellectual property in Singapore.

    Singapore: IP2SG
    A one-stop solution for patent searches, online filing and other patent matters in Singapore. It includes "ePatent Search", an online search database where users may conduct searches for applications and patents published in Singapore (if available). Retrieval of specifications and access to bibliographic and register information is possible free-of-charge.

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