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Name Type of organisation Geographical areas of activities & services Services provided to SME
Intellectual Property Offices State-level authority for IPR protection China

Provides support for national technology innovation, economic growth and patent examination

Customs of Macau Customs is a government agency that supervises and manages all arrivals in and departures from the customs territory of the Macau Macau

Provides a service to encourage the development of instruments and tools to simplify and harmonize Customs procedure, to ensure growth and economic competitiveness.

Macau Law Society Lawyers association Macau

Produces bulletins, organises trainings and events.

Taiwanese intellectual property office The Intellectual property office is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan Taiwan

TIPO promotes various activities to enhance educational advocacy, such as: publication of various advocacy materials, newspapers, television and radio ads, Internet activities, presentations

Taiwanese Trademark search database The Trademark search database is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan Taiwan

Provides a Trademark search system for SME’s looking to protect their IPR in Taiwan

Taiwanese Patent search database The Patent search database is part of the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Taiwan Taiwan

Provides a patent search system for SME’s looking to protect their IPR Taiwan

Taiwan intellectual property court The court was established in compliance with the Intellectual property Organisation Act Taiwan

Organises events, lectures with experts, joint research, on-the-job training programmes, to ultimately foster market competitiveness in the knowledge-based industry and the technology industry.

World Intellectual Property Organisation WIPO is the global forum for intellectual property services, policy, information and cooperation. International

Workshops, seminars, reference material: publications, statistics, and economic studies.

Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market European Union trade mark regulation established EUIPO (then known as OHIM) as a European Union agency creating the first EU-wide unitary intellectual property right. International

WCO provides a forum for the development of instruments and tools to simplify and harmonize Customs procedure, to ensure growth and economic competitiveness.

Economy Services’ Intellectual Property Department (MES) is the Macau Special Administrative Region (MSAR) Government's department responsible for assisting in drafting and implementing economic policies in the economic and intellectual property areas, as well as in other fields that it might be directed to do so by the legislation in force. Macau

Assists in the drafting and implementation of policies governing intellectual property

Macau authors and composers association Collective management organization, or a musical society established under the current law and regulations regarding copyrights in Macau, supported by the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers (CISAC). Macau

Manages performing right and broadcasting right for international companies working in Macau

Hong Kong Trade Development Council Online marketplace, connecting with over 130,000 manufacturers and supplies. Hong Kong

Each year, the HKTDC organises a broad spectrum of more than 340 promotion activities, 560 networking and outreach events, and receives 650 foreign trade missions, helping Hong Kong's small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) connect with business clients and partners around the world.

China Trademark Office Under the State Administration for Industry and Commerce and is in charge of trademark registration and administration nationwide, specifically, registering and administering trademarks, protecting trademark rights and handling trademark infringement and counterfeiting cases China

Handles trademark disputes; strengthening the recognition and protection of well-known trademarks; registering, recording and protecting special signs and official signs; researching, analysing and releasing trademark registration information;providing information for government decision-making; and implementing Trademark Strategy

Copyright Office Administrative agency responsible for regulating and distributing news, print and Internet publications in China China

Regulates copyright agencies - audio and video production and electronic publication copying agencies and newspaper groups

Administration for Industry and Commerce (AICs) Authority at the ministerial level directly under the State Council in charge of market supervision/regulation and related law enforcement China

SAIC functions in maintaining market order and protecting the legitimate rights and interests of businesses and consumers by carrying out regulations in the fields of enterprise registration, competition, consumer protection, trademark protection and combating economic illegalities. It also takes charge in business coordination among local Administrations for Industry and Commerce (AICs) at/below provincial level nationwide, and gives relevant guidance thereof.

Technical Supervision Bureaus (QTSBs) Ministerial-level department under the State Council of the People's Republic of China that is in charge of national quality, metrology, entry-exit commodity inspection, entry-exit health quarantine, entry-exit animal and plant quarantine, import-export food safety, certification and accreditation, standardization, as well as administrative law enforcement China

Encourages trade-mark strategy, implements state quality system of prize; popularises advanced management experience and methods; coordinates, establishes and organises carrying out the supervision system of major project quality; is responsible for organising investigation of quality accidents of major products.

Public Security Bureau Government office administered by the Ministry of Public Security, which co-ordinates the work of provincial public security bureaus. China

Oversees the prevention, suppression and investigation of criminal activities; maintenance of social security and order; control over traffic, fire, dangerous objects and special trades; administration of nationality, entry-&-exit and stay, travel of foreigners in China; maintenance of border security; protection of state assigned persons, venues and facilities.

General Administration of Customs of the P.R.C China Customs is a government agency that supervises and manages all arrivals in and departures from the customs territory of the mainland of the People's Republic of China. China

Its essential tasks are customs control, revenue collection, fighting smuggling and foreign trade statistics compilation. It shoulders such major responsibilities as duty collection, customs control, supervision and management of bonded operation, foreign trade statistics compilation, audit-based control, customs intellectual property rights protection, fighting smuggling, and port management.

Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong The government department takes responsibility for the registration of patents and Trademarks for goods and for other related matters. Hong Kong

Seeks to maintain the protection of IPR to the highest international standards, providing high quality registration services and promote awareness of IPR.

Customs and Excise Department of Hong Kong Customs organisation is a government agency that supervises and manages all arrivals in and departures from the customs territory of Hong Kong Hong Kong

To provide services for anti-smuggling, revenue protection and collection, anti-narcotics, intellectual property protection, trade controls and consumer protection.

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