Nation to strengthen IPR protection and drive high-quality development


China’s intellectual property rights protection will be strengthened over the next five years to further support the country’s high-quality development.[Photo/Sipa]

China’s intellectual property rights protection will be strengthened over the next five years to further enhance the country’s high-quality development and effectively boost innovation, according to IPR officials.

“The administrative, legal and joint protection of IPRs will be strengthened during the period of the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-25), while the protection of new forms of activity and new areas will also be improved,” said Zhang Zhicheng. , head of the Intellectual Property Rights Department of the National Intellectual Property Administration of China.

Zhang gave details to the media on Monday of a plan for the protection and enforcement of IPRs recently released by the State Council, the Chinese Cabinet.

Efforts will be made to amend the Trademark Law and promote the development of a Law on Geographical Indications. More attention will also be paid to improving the technical investigation system and greater protection of IPRs in sectors such as e-commerce and exhibitions, Zhang said.

“We will also strictly oppose those who inappropriately apply for patents and malicious trademark registrations to increase IPR protection at the root,” he added.

Zhang stressed the importance of more comprehensive IPR protection, saying this is a major goal identified in the IPR plan released by the central government last week.

Shen Changyu, head of administration, said advancing comprehensive IPR protection would spur innovation. The plan set out six special projects to achieve this goal, including providing enhanced protection of trade secrets and new varieties of plants, Shen said.

The plan also called for more research and studies on IPR protection in new areas due to the rapid growth of the digital economy, he said.

“While we have benefited from online shopping, online education, working from home and smart healthcare in recent years, especially during the ongoing pandemic, these new lifestyles have also posed challenges. to the protection of IPRs in the digital industry, ”he said.

“If we want long-term and stable development of the digital economy, we need to address IPR issues in this regard. It is only in this way that our data can circulate correctly, be fully used and effectively protected, ”he added.

The rules examining patents relating to the Internet, big data and AI industries will be improved, Zhang said. He is also committed to helping basic technologies transform into real productive forces and exploring how to protect digital IPRs through legislation.

Steps will also be taken to address the challenges of strengthening IPR protection in cyberspace. “We will increase international cooperation on IPRs, establishing rules on IPRs in the big data and AI industries,” said Zhang.

China has released several key documents regarding the development, protection and enforcement of IPRs in recent months, showing the country’s utmost determination to tackle infringements.

In September, China released a long-term IPR plan, setting targets and defining a number of tasks on IPR protection and the development of relevant industries over the next 15 years.


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