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Manage your Intellectual Property in Mainland China, HongKong, Macao and Taiwan


The China IPR SME Helpdesk is preparing a series of infographics to help you understand the main framework of IP protection in China as well as top tips for protecting your IP. The infographics will also provide you with information on how the Helpdesk can help you protect your business and innovations.

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Blockchain is among the most important and potentially revolutionary technological advancements of the 21st century. This infographic gives an overview of legal opportunities provided by blockchain, and the use of of blockchain in Chinese courts.

Industry 4.0 technologies are transforming economies, jobs and even society itself. The Chinese market is also affected by this chnage as the government plans to upgrade the manufacturing capacity of the Chinese industry into a technology powerhouse. Applying the traditional concept of IP to these new technologies can be difficult; this infographic provides more information on how to protect and exploit IP for SMEs engaging in industry 4.0 technologies in China, including creation, registration and management of an IP portfolio.

Imagine a situation that you signed a licensing agreement with your Chinese business partner. At the beginning, all looks very promising, but after a few months, your business partner is not paying due fees for the use of the license. You are sending emails to urge the other party to pay immediately. That is, however, unsuccessful. You wonder what step to take next, and it seems that the only way is to go to a Chinese court to resolve this dispute. Yet, that does not have to be the only way to resolve your IP-related disputes. This Infographic introduces you to the use of an alternative way, arbitration, in the context of IP-related disputes with China.

China’s textile industry can be a great opportunity to European businesses since it is a major market for those supplying production technologies and a key supply base for textiles and finished goods. European SMEs, however, must keep in mind that if their IP are not adequately protected, they can be victims of infringement by Chinese competitors. IP issues across subsectors of the textile industry include textile machinery, yarns and specialty fabrics, finished fabrics, and brand apparel & accessories. The most commonly encountered types of IP in the textile industry are patents, trademarks, copyrights, transfer of technology, and trade Secrets. This infographic will provide EU SMEs with the basics of IP protection in the textile industries in China.

  • IPR Protection for the Creative Industries in China 

    China's rapidly expanding consumer market is very attractive for European SMEs in creative industries. However, if there is no adequate protection of IP, it will be particularly costly and damaging for companies in this sector since their ideas and designs are the lifeblood in this industry and they will be victims of infringement by potential Chinese clients or competitors. Creative businesses in various sub-sectors of the creative industry in China include architectural design, product design, graphic design, web-design, brand design, photography and cinematography, writing, etc. The most common types of IP important to creative industries are copyrights, industrial designs, and trade secrets. This infographic will provide EU SMEs with the basics of IP protection in the creative industries in China.

  • E-Commerce in China 

    With 700 million internet users in China, the internet has become a popular and easy channel for product distribution around the world. Apart from being a forum for legitimate vendors and original products, the internet is also used by illegal and unscrupulous businesses as a platform for the distribution of counterfeit goods which infringe intellectual property rights (IPR). This infographic gives a quick overview for European SMEs to spot their counterfeited goods online and the channels to remove them from E-commerce websites.

  • Protecting Trademarks in China 

    A trademark is a sign that serves the specific and primary purpose of identifying the goods or services of a producer, thus allowing the consumers to distinguish goods or services of one producer from those of another. This infographic gives a quick overview of how to register your trademark and to choose a trademark for European SMEs. It also explains about China’s ‘first-to-file’ system so European SMEs can have a better understanding to protect their brand in China.

  • IPR Protection for the OEM industry in China 

    The term Original Equipment Manufacturer ("OEM") designates a company that only makes a part of a product, or a subsystem, to be used in another company's end product. By extension, OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturing) also designates the agreement whereby one company commissions another to manufacture products according to certain specifications and to affix a trade mark on such products; the said products are delivered to the commissioner who sells them in the market under his own name. This infographic will provide EU SMEs with the basics of IP protection in the OEM industry in China.

  • Trade Secrets and China 

    A trade secret is any non-public information with actual or potential commercial value that is guarded by confidentiality measures. Trade secrets can ensure business advantage over competitors but must remain secret – once a trade secret becomes publicly known, it can no longer be protected as a trade secret. Most theft of trade secrets cases involve current or former employees. This infographic will provide EU SMEs with the basics of trade secrets in China.

  • IPR Protection for the Cosmetics Industry in China 

    In recent years, due to the expansion of China’s middle class, increased interest in personal care has led to the rapid development of the cosmetics industry. In addition, the adjustment of the tariff system in China and the rise of e-commerce platforms such as Taobao, Jindong contributed to the sales of cosmetics products. This infographic will provide EU SMEs with the basics of IP protection in the Cosmetics industry in China.

  • IPR Protection for the Furniture Industry in China 

    In recent years, China has been transforming from a ‘world furniture factory’ to a ‘world furniture market’. With an ever growing middle-class demand for European products is rising. In China, the most prominent issue facing the furniture sector is the risk of copycats, either through design imitation and/or brand counterfeit. This infographic will provide EU SMEs with the basics of IP protection in the Furniture industry in China.

  • Protecting IP in the Pharmaceutical Industry 

    Pharmaceutical production is a research and development (R&D) driven industry. The potential and profit of pharmaceutical companies are very dependent on the adequate protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPR). IP is the most effective way to protect R&D and is a powerful weapon to use in the pharmaceutical market in China. This infographic will provide you with the basics of IP protection in the pharmaceutical industry in China.

  • International IPR SME Helpdesk Annual Stakeholder Meeting 2018 – Infographic 

    This infographic provides a summary for the stakeholders of the China, Latin America and South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks for the period 7 July 2015 - 7 January 2018.

  • Intellectual Property Rights for Textile Products in China and South-East Asia 

    The Textile Industry in China and South-East Asia has quickly changed over the past decade while continuing to grow at an exponential rate as international fashion trade shows are gaining popularity. As a vast consumer market and an important manufacturing hub, both regions offer many opportunities for European SMEs engaged in this sector. However, counterfeiting and other IP infringements are still commonplace – both offline and online – so European SMEs wishing to succeed in this sector should have a comprehensive IP strategy in place to protect their company from IP violations. This infographic will provide you with the basics on IP protection in this sector for China, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines specifically.

  • IP Protection in the Water & Environmental Sector

    China’s latest 5-year plan has put more emphasis on the importance of sustainable water and environmental policies. This provides plenty of opportunities for EU SMEs possessing the technological know-how to tackle serious problems. In our next infographic we provide a concise overview of how EU SMEs operating in the Water and Environmental sector can protect their IP rights when expanding into China.

  • Annual Stakeholder Meeting 2017 – China & SEA IPR SME Helpdesks

    This infographic will give stakeholders of both the China and the South-East Asia IPR SME Helpdesks a quick overview of the services and material these Helpdesks provide.

  • IPR Protection Strategies for the Food Safety Industry in China

    China is transforming towards a consumption-driven economy, during which the alignment of domestic food safety standards with international best practices is an essential step to be taken. Catching up with international standards requires proper machinery, scientific methods, capacity building and traceability services, which all bear significant relevance to a specific intellectual property right.

  • IPR Protection Strategies within the Healthcare Sector in China

    Managing Intellectual Properties in the Healthcare Sector is of great importance for conducting research and for commercialising your innovative techniques, cutting-edge medical hardware and new pharmaceuticals. This infographic brings some IP Tips for EU SMEs focusing on Healthcare, to be on top of their game!

  • Protecting IP in the Green Tech Sector

    The infographic provides EU SMEs a roadmap to IP protection within Green Tech sector in China, as well as an overview of the relevant IPR and statistics for better understanding the Green Tech landscape in China compared to other countries.

  • China & SEA IPR SME HDs – Trade Fairs – Tips for Better Protection of IP Rights new

    The infographic provides EU SMEs key considerations for protecting their intellectual assets before and during their visits to Trade Fairs in China and South-East Asian countries.

  • Achievements of 2015 

    The Helpdesk’s achievements of 2015 are highlighted in this infographic. It includes a snapshot of the enquiries, new resources, training events and online engagement of the Helpdesk in the past year.

  • IPR for the Wine Industry in China 

    IPR statistics and data for the Wine Industry in China

  • Top 10 IP Considerations for China Market Entry 

    SME tips on IP protection for any business looking to do business in China.

  • IPR for the Mechanical Engineering Sector in China 
    Top IP tips for engineering success in one of China’s most developed industries.
  • IPR for the Fashion Industry in China 
    IPRs for fashionistas and textile enthusiasts looking to gain a foothold in China’s vibrant fashion industry.
  • IPR for the Food and Beverage Industry in China 
    Important advice for food and beverage producers and distributors when working in the Chinese market.
  • IP DOs and DON’Ts in China
    Top IP tips of what you should and should not do when doing business in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan.
  • The IPR Landscape in China
    A snapshot of the general IPR landscape in China with tips on how to prevent infringement, as well as China IP myth busters.
  • China IPR SME Helpdesk Brochure
    Find out more about the Helpdesk and the services we offer to European SMEs as well as intermediary organisations.