China Patent Services

China Patent Services

Since 2003, TCI China has dedicated itself to guiding clients in securing their brand’s safety and offering expert advice for effective patent and intellectual property management. We’re here to relieve this stress, bringing our seasoned expertise to China’s patent protection. Expect from us a straightforward, sensible approach. Our commitment is to support you in shielding your brand and fostering your business growth, providing pragmatic patent counsel and services at a cost that aligns with your commercial objectives.

Our Patent Services include:

  • China Patent Advisory Services
  • China Patent Name Research
  • Submitting your Patent for Registration in China

 

Aidan Conaty – China Consultant

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TCI China's Success Stories in Handling Chinese Patent Matters

USA Company: Securing an Appearance and Design Patent in China

A forward-thinking electronics company from the USA approached us with a unique product they planned to manufacture in China. They sought to protect the distinctive shape of their product from being replicated by their Chinese manufacturer for other clients. After signing a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) and reviewing the product design, we recommended applying for a design patent with the Chinese Patent Office. This route offered a rapid and cost-effective solution. Successfully securing the patent, our client confidently transferred the protected design to their Chinese factory, kick-starting production within months.

 

Germany Company: Combating Patent Infringement in China

Having registered their patent in China nearly a decade ago, a German engineering firm discovered their patented products being illegally sold on Chinese e-commerce sites. Tasked with resolving this, we first renewed their patent in China, mindful of the 10-year limitation. We then engaged with e-commerce platforms to remove listings of the counterfeit products and initiated legal actions to ensure the destruction of the infringing goods. Additionally, our client entrusted us with ongoing monitoring of e-commerce sites and trade shows to prevent future infringements.

 

Canada Company: Comprehensive Patent and Trademark Consultation

A major Canadian medical company planning to patent a product domestically and expand into China sought our expertise to refine its international business development strategy. We conducted exhaustive research on existing patents and trademarks in China to avoid duplication, ensuring their product design and brand names were unique and legally robust. Furthermore, we drafted enforceable Non-Disclosure and Non-Compete Agreements tailored to Chinese legal standards. Our comprehensive consultation facilitated their product’s successful launch and distribution in China.

 

Through these diverse cases, TCI China demonstrates its adeptness in navigating the intricacies of patent registration, infringement issues, and market entry strategies, ensuring our clients’ intellectual property is well-protected and their market ventures in China are successful.

Requirements for Filing a Patent in China

The specific requirements for filing a patent in China vary depending on the patent type. Additionally, it’s crucial to remember that all documentation must be submitted in Chinese. Here’s a breakdown of the necessary documents for each patent category:

1. Invention Patent

  • Sign an NDA to protect your valuable IP information;
  • Title of the invention;
  • Applicant’s name and address (person or company);
  • Inventor’s name and address;
  • A brief description of the invention and the aspects that require protection;
  • Patent Technical disclosure documents;
  • Illustrations and detailed information about the patented subject matter.

 

2. Utility Patent

  • Sign an NDA to protect your valuable IP information;
  • Product name;
  • Applicant’s name and address (person or company);
  • Inventor’s name and address;
  • A brief description of the invention and the aspects that require protection;
  • Patent Technical disclosure documents;
  • Illustrations and detailed information about the patented subject matter.

 

3. Appearance & Design Patent

  • Sign an NDA to protect your valuable IP information;
  • Name of the design;
  • Contact information for the applicant (person or company);
  • Inventor’s name and contact details;
  • Patent Technical disclosure documents;
  • Description of the design and the rationale for its protection;
  • Illustrations and detailed information about the design.

 

Remember, precise adherence to these requirements is essential for a successful patent application in China.

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China Patent Consulting Servicea – Protecting Your Intellectual Property

Intellectual property rights infringement poses a significant challenge in China, particularly for companies seeking to market their products within the country. Numerous businesses have experienced substantial revenue losses due to the proliferation of counterfeit products produced by Chinese factories. China’s “first to file” patent policy has further exacerbated this issue, catching many companies off guard when they discover their products have been copied and are being sold in China.

It is a common misconception that filing a patent application in one’s home region automatically extends protection to China. While there is some truth to this belief, it only offers temporary coverage for a brief period in China once the patent is filed and approved in the home region.

China’s adoption of a “first-to-file” policy for patent awards can prove problematic for firms that initially focus on developing and selling their inventions in other markets before venturing into the Chinese market. Under this policy, they may find that their invention has already been copied and registered by an unrelated party in China when they apply for a patent.

As a result, it becomes imperative to pursue a follow-up patent filing in China after receiving approval in their home region to safeguard intellectual property rights effectively in the Chinese market.