The Standing Committee of Beijing Municipal People's Congress is recently reviewing the Regulations of Beijing on Patent Protection and Promotion. The review appears to tighten up the rules against patent infringement.

The draft takes into consideration the case of reiterated infringements. Stricter penalties apply in case of recidivism for patent infringement: Beijing patent administration departments would be allowed to confiscate any illegal gains and inflict a penalty from RMB 20.000 to RMB 200.000.

Incase of not compliance with the judicial decisions, seizure of the products and instruments of production such as equipments and moulds can be carried out.

The draft, in order to help companies against difficulties typical of patent disputes, introduces a patent pre-warning system that companies may establish to collect some information as the status, development trend and competition dynamics of key areas and industries, which will allow to avoid infringing patent right of other companies.

The Regulations is expression of a further effort to prevent and fight against IP infringement.