Authorized by a three-year pilot program of the CNIPA, foreign IP firms are welcome to open representative office in Beijing.

To establish a representative office, a foreign firm must have been practicing legally in its own country and received no discipline or administrative punishment.

The foreign firm shall have more than 10 patent agents practicing in its own country. Its appointed chief representative and representatives of the Beijing office shall have patent attorney qualification and have been practicing for not less than 2 years outside China and have not received any discipline or administrative punishment.

A representative office, once established, may offer training service, licensing and transfer service, consultation on overseas patent matters, legal consulting service on patent matters but shall not directly engage in patent filing, prosecution, and invalidation procedures with China.

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