China Incorporates Enterprise IP Management under National-Standard Regulation, Effective 1 March 2013

China recently published through General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) and Standardization Administration of China (SAC) the Norms for Enterprise Intellectual Property Management, which is effective on 1 March 2013.  
The Norms were drafted by the State Intellectual Property Office of China (SIPO) in conjunction with China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS). These represent China’s first attempt at providing a normative framework on national-standard level, with a view to step up domestic enterprises’ capability in IP management and related risk control.
The implementation and promotion of the Norms will be undertaken by competent departments of SIPO and Certification and Accreditation Administration of China (CNCA). Following the entry into effect of the Norms, authorized certification bodies, upon the request by enterprises, will provide conformity assessment and certification of their corporate management standard in IP.