MOFCOM trials IP guideline for Chinese enterprises doing business overseas

By Yi Yi Wu

The Ministry of Commerce (MOFCOM) issued the Guideline on Overseas Intellectual Property Rights for Enterprises for trial implementation on 8 February 2014. The guideline aims to encourage Chinese enterprises to proactively protect their rights by providing greater protection for intellectual property rights (IPRs) for overseas investments and through mechanisms designed to promptly resolve intellectual property (IP) disputes. The guideline focuses on the creation, usage, protection and management of IPRs, the establishment of a sound IP management and incentive system and a practical IP strategy for overseas investments. The information mainly focuses on six areas of IPR, including patents, trademarks, copyright and infringements.

We have reviewed the guideline to identify the main focus areas and the key points of advice to consider…

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