Insider’s look at legal services in China: IP Registration: Introduction (Part 2)

China is a “first to register” rather than “first to market” system.

Let’s say you have product made in China under your brand and you have registered that brand in your home country. Registration in your home market doesn’t provide coverage in China. If another party registers your IP before you do, they essential own the rights to your IP in China, even if your product is well-established in the global market. As so much manufacturing takes place in Asia, it is wise to register your IP in China even if you are not yet selling to the Chinese market. If a competitor were to register your IP, they could effectively shut down your supply chain by preventing your suppliers from exporting your product.


An officially authorized registration agent can provide the following services for international clients:

Copyright Registration

Trademark Registration

Patent Registration (Utility Patents, Design Patents & Invention Patents)

Next in the series

IP Registration: Copyrights (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 3)

IP Registration: Copyrights (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 4)

IP Registration: Trademarks (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 5)

IP Registration: Trademarks (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 6)

IP Registration: Introduction to Patents (Design/ Utility/ Invention) (Part 7)

IP Registration: Design Patents (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 8)

IP Registration:  Design Patents (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 9)

IP Registration: Utility Patents (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 10)

IP Registration:  Utility Patents (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 11)

IP Registration: Invention Patents (Application Process & Documents Required) (Part 12)

IP Registration:  Invention Patents (Time Frame & Typical Fees) (Part 13)

Contracts & Purchase Orders (Part 14)

Dispute Resolution: Introduction & Process (Negotiations, Demand Letters & Litigation) (Part 15)

Dispute Resolution: Fee Structure (Negotiations, Demand Letters & Litigation) (Part 16)

Having a lawyer on retainer: Costs and Coverage (Part 17)


About the author: Mike Bellamy

Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center ( Author of “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions.

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