Intellectual property right ("IPR") owners may further
protect their rights in China by recording their IPR with the
General Administration of Customs of PRC ("GACC"). GACC
will detain infringing goods entering and leaving China based on
the recorded IPRs and will inform the IPR owners. IPR owners may
then take appropriate action against the infringer.
To facilitate the paper-less operation of the recordal of IPR,
GACC has developed a new system, IPR Protection System, for the
recordal and the system went into operation on 1 March 2014. Under
the new system, IPR right owner may apply for recordal, extension,
amendment and revocation of the IPR record over the internet; IPR
right owner is no longer required to file paper application form to
With the abolishment of paper application, the IPR owners are
required to provide all supporting documents for the recordal in
electronic form. It should be noted that such electronic documents
must be colour scanned copies of the originals.
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