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China: SIPO has been renamed to CNIPA

Following a recent restructuring, the former State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) was renamed to China National Intellectual Property Administration, abbreviated as CNIPA, on 28 August 2018.

Since March 2018, CNIPA has no longer been a subordinate under the State Council, but supervised by the newly established State Administration of Market Supervision and Administration. In addition to patents, utility models and designs, CNIPA now also handles trade marks (formerly administered by the State Administration of Industry and Commerce, SAIC) and geographical indications (formerly handled by the Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine, AQSIQ).

With the recent name change, the domain name of the official website has also been changed to www.cnipa.gov.cn (Chinese version) and english.cnipa.gov.cn (English version). The previous URLs will still be accessible for a transitional period, but users are advised to switch to the new one.

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