China now blacklists patent law violators

March 12, 2020

China’s National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) has introduced a new regulation which blacklists individuals and organisations that severely violate patent-related laws and regulations.

Recent figures have shown that China now has the highest number of patent filings per year at 1.54 million last year, which accounted for 46.4% of filings in the world.

Historically patent owners have been sceptical of how effectively Chinese patents are enforced. In more recent times, however, China has been making positive changes to strengthen IP enforcement. For instance, China's National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) announced that from 1 December 2019 they will be blacklisting individuals and organizations that severely violate patent-related laws and regulations. The names of the blacklisted will be published online and will face various punishments. We are monitoring developments of this and other changes made by the CNIPA.