In a bid to keep on strengthening intellectual property rights (IPR), China has established 31 intellectual property rights protection centers nationwide aside from the fast rights-protection centers.
The head of the protection department of the National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA), Zhang Zhicheng disclosed this at a press conference of the State Council Information Office.
Zhang Zhicheng reportedly said that the 31 IPR protection centers, together with 20 fast rights-protection centers, have provided convenient, highly efficient, and low-cost rights safeguarding channels.
According to a survey conducted on the social satisfaction of intellectual property protection in China last year, the result reportedly hit a record high of 78.98 out of 100 points.
Zhang Zhicheng reportedly said that China has been improving intellectual property laws and regulations which in turn has helped to improve the business environment.
Zhang Zhicheng reportedly said that On Nov. 1, 2019, the country’s revised trademark law took effect, which raised the punitive damages for malicious infringement to up to five times the amount of actual losses, which is high by global standards.
In his remarks, Zhang reportedly added that NIPA also revised standards for judging and testing trademark patent infringement and issued guidelines for administrative adjudication of patent infringement disputes. China handled 39,000 administrative adjudication cases of patent infringement disputes last year plus the average processing time for trademark registrations was shortened to 4.5 months, and the processing time for high-value patents examination was reduced to 17.3 months.
The NIPA has reported 38,000 abnormal patent applications and rejected 39,000 abnormal trademark applications last year.