Guidance

Intellectual property rights in China

Guidance on how to protect and enforce your intellectual property rights when trading in China.

Documents

Factsheet - intellectual property in China

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Factsheet - well-known trade marks in China

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Factsheet - administrative enforcement of copyright in China

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Factsheet - intellectual property best practice in UK-China technology transfer

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Factsheet - intellectual property & trade events in China

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Factsheet - trade secrets in China

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Intellectual Property Office (IPO) representative - since December 2011 the IPO has based an attaché in the British Embassy in Beijing, working with representatives from UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The position is central to the government’s plans to enhance trade relations and to support IP and innovation-led businesses abroad.

British businesses looking for access to intellectual property advice and support should email tom.duke2@fco.gov.uk.

UK diplomatic posts - the British Embassy is located in Beijing. British Consulates-General are located in Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chongqing.

Find out more about the work and services of UK diplomatic posts in China on the UK and China pages.

UKTI - works with UK-based businesses to ensure their success in international markets, and encourage the best overseas companies to look to the UK as their global partner of choice.

China-Britain Business Council - mission is to help UK companies of all sizes and sectors, whether new entrants or established operations, access the full potential of China.

China IP Helpdesk - supports European Union small and medium sized enterprises to both protect and enforce their IP rights in or relating to China, through the provision of free information and services. These take the form of jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on IP and related issues, plus training, materials and online resources.

State Intellectual Property Office - is the department responsible for operating the patent and design system in China.

China Trademark Office - is the department responsible for operating the trade mark system in China.

National Copyright Administration of China - is responsible for the copyright system in China (please note website in Chinese).