The State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”) issued the work plan for “Internet plus” Intellectual Property Protection (“Work Plan”) on 3 August 2018.

Under the Work Plan, the first step is to establish a technical support system. The technical system should include IP rights information databases and an IP rights intelligent detection system. Both IP rights holders and the competent authorities should be able to initiate research of IP infringements and counterfeits. All suspect information should be shared to the IP rights holders and the competent authorities.

The Work Plan requires establishing interactions between intelligent detection and manual detection systems. In addition, China may utilise overseas IP rights databases and cooperate with overseas IP rights enforcement authorities to regulate potential IP rights issues outside China’s territory.

Please click here to read the full text (Chinese only) of the Work Plan.