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Aug 11, 2022 (Newsletter Issue 11/22)
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Guidelines for IP Protection at Exhibitions

On July 22, the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) published guidelines for improving IP protection at exhibitions and trade fairs. The guidelines allow for setting up a workstation at an exhibition to accept IP infringement complaints, provide judgement opinions, transfer evidence to relevant law enforcement departments, etc. The IP management department of the place where the exhibition is held may, in conjunction with relevant departments, guide the exhibition organizers to set up workstations in accordance with the relevant provisions of the State and actual needs.

If a respondent does not reply to a complaint within 24 hours of receipt, the complaint of infringement is confirmed via valid legal documents, or the respondent admits to the infringement, the exhibition organiser can take actions including removing the exhibitor’s display. These guidelines apply to both online and in-person exhibitions and trade fairs.

For more information, click here (Chinese only).