The State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) recently announced that the government will use big data technology to keep a close eye on online infringements and provide "stringent protection" of patents.

According to the policy, authorities will use big data technology to locate infringement clues and inform concerned rights owners. If the authorities find a clue leading to patent infringement in a product in a sales channel, they will uncover its producer.

The policy encourages rights owners to explore notary services for evidence preservation. To ease the burden on rights owners, administrative agencies would conduct the investigation and collect evidence upon accepting a patent infringement complaint. Companies and people that reject the investigation will be included on the blacklist in a public credit reference system.

The authorities will also enhance cooperation with e-commerce portals on counterfeit and the discovery of clues about illegal businesses. 1207_1305237.html