The General Office of China's State Council, the Cabinet, issued a document Thursday directing government bodies at all levels across the country to use genuine software and lead the battle to protect intellectual property rights (IPR).
The document said government staff members should also strengthen their IPR protection awareness and buy authentic software.
A major campaign would be launched nationwide to check office software being used at both the central and local governments, the document said, but didn't say when the campaign would begin.
Those who use pirated software were told to switch for authentic versions, the document said.
All inspections and software changes at central government bodies were expected to finish by the end of May next year, while those at local governments were expected to be finished in a year's time, the document added.
The results will be reported by the General Administration of Press and Publication to the State Council.