Announcement: Implementation Regulations (Rules) of the Chinese Patent Law have been Approved

November, 2023

On November 3rd, 2023, the Premier of the State Council, Li Qiang, chaired a regular meeting where the “Implementation Regulations of the Patent Law of the People’s Republic of China (Revised Draft)” was reviewed and approved. This is great news, as we have been waiting quite some time for these Regulations to be approved (see our previous article summarizing the draft implementation regulations (rules)).

This document is not publicly available yet. However, the announcement provides a summary of the key highlights:


  • China will continue to enhance protection of IP Rights, with a goal of further refining the patent application and examination systems to improve China’s standards in patent innovation, application, protection, management, and related services.

  • China will continue efforts to strengthen alignment with relevant international treaties.

  • The Regulations affirm that the patent law plays a pivotal role in promoting technological innovation and the development of new industries and markets.

  • China will initiate multiple forms of public awareness campaigns on IP Rights to foster a legal environment that supports and safeguards innovation.


These high level statements reflect China’s overarching goals for strengthening both IP protection as well as public awareness of IP protection in China. We look forward to seeing the details of the Regulations. As always, we keep an eye out for updates such as these and will inform you as soon as more details come out.


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This article is for general informational purposes only and should not be considered legal advice or a legal opinion on a specific set of facts.