The State Intellectual Property Office has announced that the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) handled a total of 51,044 trademark infringement cases in 2009, a 9.87% decrease compared to 2008.

However, while international trademark filings dropped significantly by 16% in 2009 due to the global financial crisis, trademark applications in China reached a historic high of 830,500. With the efforts of the SAIC to speed up the examination of trademark applications, over 1.4 million applications were examined, exceeding the 2009 target. As of 2009, the number of registered trademarks in China reached 3.4 million, ranking top worldwide for the seventh consecutive year.

Last year saw full-scale implementation of the Outline of the National Intellectual Property Strategy, released in 2008. This prominent achievement in the trademarks field clearly indicates the success of the strategy in providing a favourable environment for the creation and protection of IP rights in China. The state will now continue to:

  • Maintain and enhance its dual system of administrative and judicial trademark protection.
  • Promote inter-departmental and international cooperation in trademark enforcement.
  • Boost publicity of local trademarks.

This article first appeared in IAM magazine. For further information please visit www.iam-magazine.com.