International IP Treaties involving China

China first acceded to the Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 1980. Since then it has joined a number of international agreements and multi-lateral treaties. These legal texts are also searchable in China Law Search.

For more details about these agreements and conventions visit the World Intellectual Property (WIPO) web site http://www.wipo.int/export/sites/www/about-ip/en/iprm/pdf/ch5.pdf. For details of the respective contracting parties, search http://www.wipo.int/treaties/en/SearchForm.jsp?search_what=C.

  Title     Established     China's Entry  
Convention Establishing the World Intellectual Property Organisation 1967 1980
Paris Convention for the Protection of Industrial Property 1883 1985
Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and Common Regulations under the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks and the Protocol Relating to that Agreement 1891 1989
Treaty on Intellectual Property in Respect of Integrated Circuits 1989 1990
Universal Copyright Convention 1952 1992
Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works 1886 1992
Convention for the Protection of Producers of Phonograms Against Unauthorised Duplication of Their Phonograms 1971 1992
Patent Cooperation Treaty 1970 1993
Nice Agreement Concerning the International Classification of Goods and Services for the Purposes of the Registration of Marks 1957 1994
Protocol Relating to the Madrid Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Marks 1989 1995
Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure and Regulations under the Budapest Treaty on the International Recognition of the Deposit of Microorganisms for the Purposes of Patent Procedure 1977 1995
Locarno Agreement Establishing an International Classification for Industrial Designs 1968 1996
Strasbourg Agreement Concerning the International Patent Classification 1971 1997
International Convention for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants 1961 1999
Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) 1994 2001
WIPO Copyright Treaty 1996 2006
WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty and Agreed Statements Concerning the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty 1996 2006
Singapore Treaty on Trademark Law 2006 2007
Vienna Agreement Establishing an International Classification of the Figurative Elements of Marks 1977 -
Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy 1999 -
World Intellectual Property Organisation Supplemental Rules for Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy 1999 -
Madrid Agreement for the Repression of False or Deceptive Indications of Source on Goods 1891 -
Regulations under the Treaty on the International Registration of Audiovisual Works 1989 -

Source: Yu Huiting: A Tentative Study on Sino-Foreign Bilateral Treaties on IP, Master’s thesis of Law School, Peking University (2008), supervised by Professor Wei Zhi.


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