The Study on China’s Design Patent System is an important part of the patent study series initiated by IP Key China, which follows the published Studies on Bad-faith patent application, Patent Invalidation System and Utility Model System in China.
Based on China’s Patent Law (the 4th Amendment), the study is composed of five parts, including:
- analysis of the latest changes related to China’s design system and its impact on EU rights holders;
- bad faith applications with the case-analysis method introduced;
- protection of graphical user interfaces (GUIs);
- the Hague Agreement; and
- unregistered design rights in China.
Each part of the study comes from comprehensive comparisons between the design systems in the EU and China and in-depth horizontal and vertical analysis. In addition, the tailored measures and suggestions are proposed to the Chinese government with a view to aligning their practices with international and EU ones, particularly against the backdrop of China’s accession to the Hague System for the International Registration of Industrial Designs on 5 May 2022.
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