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China: New measures for patent administrative law enforcement implemented

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On 1 July 2015, an amended version of the Chinese "Measures for Patent Administrative Law Enforcement" entered into force. In China, IPR enforcement is a two-track system: Patent holders may choose between an administrative and a judicial route for enforcement. The administrative route provides for a simplified and faster procedure and is particularly popular among locals.

The new measures strengthen the power of the local governments' intellectual property offices against patent infringement, particularly at exhibitions and in the area of e-commerce. These local IP offices - quasi-judicial authorities dealing with administrative enforcement - may now order an exhibitor of counterfeit products to remove the exhibits, destroy related promotion material or change related display boards, etc. With respect to infringement in the area of e-commerce platforms, a local IP office shall inform the host of the platform to delete the corresponding webpages.

Further information can be found in a press release on the website of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) (Chinese only).

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