Founded on December 12, 1988, All-China Patent Attorneys Association (hereinafter referred to as ACPAA) is a nation-wide, non-profit, professional and self-disciplinary organization, representing both the patent attorneys and patent agencies across China. By February 28, 2018, there were 1,867 patent agencies as group members and 16,878 practicing patent attorneys as individual members of ACPAA. Approximately, more than 100,000 people in total are working in patent agencies. Of all the patent applications filed in China by domestic and foreign applicants in 2017, about 65% are prosecuted through patent agencies.
The aims of ACPAA are as follows: to unite its members and educate them in observing the constitution, laws, regulations and national policies, in devoting to the patent profession and in strictly following the professional ethics and practitioners’ discipline; to play its coordination role both inside and outside the profession, to maintain the interests of its members and improve the members’ practicing capabilities; to reinforce the professional self-discipline; to stop the unfair competition; to promote the healthy development of the patent profession; and to develop international communication and cooperation.
To maintain the order and the interests of the profession; to strengthen and improve the administration and self-discipline of the profession; to regulate and supervise patent attorneys’ practicing code and ethics; to conclude and share working experience in patent profession and broaden the scope of services rendered by patent attorneys; to organize and provide trainings, academic research and communication activities for patent attorneys; to study the laws and regulations related to intellectual property, collect suggestions for the development of patent profession and submit comments or opinions on SIPO’s patent administration to SIPO (the State Intellectual Property Office of P. R. China); to play its coordination role both inside and outside the profession; to provide assistance to SIPO in patent attorneys qualification examination; to issue patent attorneys’ License and handle the alternation thereof; to participate in the disciplinary committee headed by SIPO and implement the disciplinary code of conducts; to develop exchanges and cooperation with professional organizations in other jurisdictions and participate in the international conferences and meetings; to publicize patent profession, publish the national journal and manage the official website of ACPAA.
With regard to international exchange and cooperation, ACPAA has already set up good cooperative networks with its counterpart organizations in European Union, Japan, Korea, France, Germany, United Kingdom, Australia, Russia, Belgium, the Netherlands, and the United States of America.