SCIO briefing on development of China's intellectual property rights

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Shen Changyu, commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office

Yu Cike, spokesperson of the National Copyright Administration

Xi Yanchun, vice director-general of the Press Bureau, State Council Information Office

April 24, 2018

Lianhe Zaobao:

I have two questions. First, the report on intellectual property rights protection in China 2017 mentioned that there was a decline in the number of intellectual property rights infringement crimes punished in China. Cases dealing with the sale and counterfeiting of registered trademarks and with the illegal manufacturing of trademarks saw year-over-year declines. It may be interpreted as a sign that the intensity of law enforcement was dwindled; what do you think about this? Second, I want to continue the question from Reuters. We have seen efforts from China toward the protection of intellectual property rights. However, by outside impressions, much remains to be done. For instance, a report from the China Chamber of Commerce in the United States mentioned that 94 percent of U.S. enterprises think their intellectual property rights have not been protected in China. How will China change this impression? You have said that Chinese enterprises also have this need, so will China enhance protections in order to serve Chinese enterprises or overseas ones ?

Shen Changyu:

Thank you for your two questions. Just now you found in the white paper that there was a year-over-year decline in the number of cases of dealing with intellectual property rights infringement crimes in China. This reflects, from one angle, that the protection of intellectual property rights has been enhanced in China. This decline gives a concrete expression. In recent years, China has dealt severely with all cases of intellectual property rights infringement, the environment has been improved, efforts have intensified and cases have seen a decline. 

Second, you mentioned intellectual property rights protection for Chinese enterprises or overseas ones. There are four key qualities of intellectual property rights protection: it should provide strict, extensive, rapid and equal protection. This means we will follow a strict system, set up a coordinated blueprint and a rapid, easy, effective and low-cost rights-defending channel especially for small, micro- and medium-sized enterprises, and treat intellectual property rights of domestic and overseas enterprises equally. These are the basic principles. We will treat private and state-owned enterprises the same, large, small and micro-enterprises the same, units and individuals the same. Therefore, intellectual property rights protection for domestic enterprises is no different than for overseas ones. Thank you.  

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