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IP: Patent enforcement in China is on the upswing

As the Chinese government pushes its citizens to seek their own patents, the country’s patent enforcement system will get stronger

Some multinational companies hoping to do business in China have assumed all along that China does not protect patents and ignored the procurement of patents in China. Recently, there has been a significant development that bodes well for the enforcement of patent rights in China—and which should serve as a clarion call to the multinational companies doing business there.

In November 2010, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of China issued a National Patent Development Strategy that included a five-year plan to increase the number of patent applications filed in China by Chinese residents from 1.2 million in 2010 to 2.5 million by 2015. Among the various actions the government is taking to encourage patent filings by Chinese citizens is subsidizing the costs of patent applications filed by Chinese residents.

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Thomas Ross

Thomas Ross is a litigation partner at Marshall Gerstein & Borun LLP in Chicago, and a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America....

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