China IP resources

Below is a list of United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and U.S. government resources for right holders doing business in China, as well as links to Chinese government websites.

Figure 3: Bar chart time series from FY 2013 to FY 2019, showing USPTO trademark filings from China on the vertical axis and year-over-year percentage growth on the horizontal axis. Cases increase from 4,706 in FY 2013 to 76,566 cases in FY 2019; the largest percent growth posted, at 116.4%, was from FY 2014 to FY 2015.
Figure 3: USPTO trademark filings from China and percent growth,
FY 2013–FY 2019

Government resources

Trademarks and patents in China: The impact of non-market factors on filing trends and IP systems

The USPTO report discusses how the explosive growth in Chinese patent and trademark filings may be influenced by non-market factors such as subsidies, government mandates, bad-faith trademark applications, and defensive countermeasures. It also explores the impacts of the increased filings, such as undermining domestic and foreign registries, stretching the capacity of China’s patent and trademark examiners and review authorities, and narrowing the scope of available protection for legitimate rights holders.

USPTO’s IP attachés

The USPTO has IP attachés posted in three cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. They work to improve the IP climate in China for the benefit of U.S. stakeholders and provide information to U.S. companies doing business there.

USPTO IP awareness assessment

The IP Awareness Assessment is a 20–30 minute questionnaire, developed jointly by the USPTO and the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership, that will help you to assess your IP awareness.

STOPfakes.gov:

STOPfakes.gov is the federal government's one-stop-shop for tools and resources on intellectual property rights (IPR).  The federal agencies behind STOPfakes.gov have developed a number of resources to educate and assist businesses, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as consumers, government officials, and the general public.  In addition to its website, STOPfakes.gov also operates a hotline—1-866-999-HALT (1-866-999-4258)—that is available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern time, Monday to Friday.

  • Learn the details about protecting your intellectual property in China with the China IPR Toolkit. This all-new guidebook was prepared by U.S. government IP specialists with on-the ground experience in China.

Additional U.S. government resources

Chinese government websites

China’s Legislative Offices:

China’s IP Offices:

China’s Supreme Court: