"Highlights if this outline includes many different government organizations amending IP legislation, generating new or amended legal interpretatioAns and other provisions," says Aaron Wininger, a director of the China IP Practice, at Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner P.A. "For example, there are plans to revise the Anti-Monopoly Law of the People’s Republic of China, Detailed Rules for the Implementation of the Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China, Provisions on Regulating Patent Application Behavior, and Provisions on the Protection of Trade Secrets. On the copyright side, there are plans to amend the Regulations on the Implementation of the Copyright Law of the People’s Republic of China, Regulations on Copyright Collective Management, Trial Measures for Voluntary Registration of Works, Measures for the Registration of Computer Software Copyrights, Measures for the Implementation of Copyright Administrative Penalties, and advance the legislation of the Regulations on Copyright Protection of Folklore and Art Works."
He adds, "Also, it shows China's interest in joining several international IP agreements and free trade agreements. For example, China confirmed it plans to join the Hague Agreement on Industrial Designs, of which 92 countries are already members including the US, European Union, among others."
"Generally, when China sets goals they are accomplished," he says. "Accordingly, we should see all the needed amendments to the IP laws and regulations coming out in 2022."
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