Patent protection in China


Jeff Shieh

Patent protection in China

Armed with basic information about the patent process, companies can make informed decisions that will help them to maxmise their protection where it matters, says Jeff Shieh.

ith foreign corporations now eager to tap into the potential of its markets, China finds itself a top priority for many patent applicants. It’s also high on the agenda for UK prime minister David Cameron, who returned from a December 2013 trip to China encouraging economic cooperation between the two nations.

Efforts in recent years have significantly improved China’s IP landscape, and the growing number of applications flowing into the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) each year indicates that companies of all sizes have taken note. As the Chinese market continues to grow, start-ups should think now about the international market potential for their inventions.

Filing a patent application

SIPO, patent protection, PCT, Paris convention