Intellectual Property Rights in China for SMEs in the ICT industries

Submitted by Imogen Allan on 18 May 2021

China’s intellectual property rights (IPR) protection system is expanding and improving, but it remains vastly different from the European system.

To be successful in China, businesses must take preventative measures to protect their IPR rights.  Obtaining valid IPR rights in China is a minimum first step. In other words, the protection of IPR rights should be a key part of any business strategy that involves entering or expanding operations in China.

While some IPR issues are common to all types of European companies doing business in China, others are specific to the ICT industry. The China IPR SME Helpdesk outlines appropriate patent and trade secret strategies, and the type of patents particularly relevant to (as well as suitable IPR enforcement measures for) ICT companies. Enforcement of IPR is discussed through a case study of an IT company that has taken enforcement actions in China.

You can read the full case study in the PDF below.

The China IPR SME Helpdesk supports small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from European Union (EU) member states to protect and enforce their Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) in or relating to China, Hong Kong, Macao, and Taiwan, through the provision of free information and services. The Helpdesk provides jargon-free, first-line, confidential advice on intellectual property and related issues, along with training events, materials and online resources. Individual SMEs and SME intermediaries can submit their IPR queries via e-mail (question [at] ()) and gain access to a panel of experts, in order to receive free and confidential first-line advice within 3 working days.

The China IPR SME Helpdesk is an initiative by the European Union

To learn more about the China IPR SME Helpdesk and any aspect of IPR in China, please visit our online portal at:

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