China: IP Management Standard

January 21, 2014
Categories: Intellectual Property Protection

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Companies across China are seeking certification for IP Management after the March 1st 2013 launch of the Norms for Enterprise Intellectual Property Management.  

The national standard (numbered GB/T 29490-2013) is part of the Promotion Plan for the Implementation of the National IP Strategy in 2013.

The standard represents the government’s moves towards providing a national framework to help domestic companies improve their ability to better create, manage, protect and market IP.

At this point, it is non-mandatory and only recommended and companies are voluntarily seeking certification under the new standard.

The standard introduces the Plan-Do-Check-Act (PDCA) process management for IP. It outlines goals that enterprises must achieve, and defines 60 basic and 23 advanced assessment indicators. The certification includes document review and an on-site interview.

Organizations Involved in the Standards

The organizations involved in the IP Management Norms include:

  • The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and Standardization Administration of China (SAC) published the Norms.
  • The State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) in conjunction with China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS) drafted the Norms.
  • SIPO and the Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA) are responsible for implementing and promoting the Norms. They will be joined by authorized certification bodies. Tools for IP Management takes a ‘management systems’ approach to IP protection. As such, it is a valuable resource for Chinese and other companies seeking to improve practices around IP management. offers a three-step service, CREATe Leading Practices for IP Protection, which assesses current systems for IP management and outlines steps for improvement. It features a wide range of tools and resources to help companies implement changes. The service is available in Chinese, English, Brazilian Portuguese and Spanish. Email to learn more.

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