The State Intellectual Property Office has released a 16-page IP management standard for businesses. The move is another step in the implementation of China’s National IP Strategy and compliance is expected to prove beneficial for businesses seeking the benefit of certain funding programs and incentive policies.

This article looks at the standard, its background and further developments in the area.


Since June 2012, pilot programs based on the draft national standard have been launched in selected provinces and cities across China, including Beijing, Hebei, Zhejiang and Shanxi.  Initial reports suggest the pilots have been successful. 

The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine and the Standardization Administration of the People's Republic of China jointly issued China’s first national standard for Enterprise IP Management in February and businesses have been able to seek certification since 1 March 2013.

The national standard, numbered GB/T 29490-2013, is a recommended, non-mandatory standard drafted by the State Intellectual Property Office and finalized after a public consultation held in September 2012.  It is also part of the Promotion Plan for the Implementation of the National IP Strategy in 2013.

Key aspects of the plan include:

  • improving the management of IP within businesses
  •  enhancing IP creation
  • strengthening IP layout in key industries
  • promoting IP exploitation
  • reinforcing IP protection

What’s in the standard?

The standard aims to improve the way businesses manage their IP. The 16-page document outlines goals which businesses must achieve across a number of areas including:

  • IP management system and documentation
  • management personnel
  • resource management
  •  implementation and operation

The standard provides 60 basic indicators and 23 advanced indicators against which all businesses seeking certification will be assessed.

Future developments

Compliance with the standard may become a substantial factor in national and provincial funding decisions and incentive policies.

SIPO has announced that guidance on meeting the standards, which will provide more practical advice for IP managers is to be published shortly and will include both “Measures on Implementing the National Standard of Enterprise IP Management” and an “Enterprise Patent Practice Handbook.”

Further information

Official notice on the issuance of the Enterprise IP Management Standard

A copy of the Standard GB/ T 29490-2013 is available for purchase from: