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China to Enhance Construction of Intellectual Property System

China plans to further enhance the construction of its intellectual property system to meet challenges after entering World Trade Organization (WTO).

At present, the Chinese government has established the policy of developing science and technology through an intellectual property system and it is to raise the protection standard for intellectual property by improving the country's present legal and judicial system.

"We will concentrate our efforts on policy researching, patent checking and administrating, while at the same time, we will urge enterprises and institutions to improve their capacity to master and operate the intellectual property system," Wang Jingchuan, commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office said Wednesday at a seminar on Intellectual Property Protection.

He said that China will enhance the system of law enforcement as well as law making, and China will build an incorruptible, pragmatic and efficient patent-checking group to meet the demands of economic development.

So far, China has approved about 30 laws and regulations concerning intellectual property issues, including the patent law, trademark law, copyright law, protection regulation on computer software and protection regulation on new plant species.

In recent years, with the development of the economy and especially the approaching of China's entry into WTO, China has amended some important laws concerning Intellectual Property Rights. The revised patent law carried out on July 1 this year is in agreement with the Agreement on Trade-Related Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) of the World Trade Organization (WTO).

With economic globalization, more and more countries trying to achieve a large quantity of quality patents as well as the capacity to utilize relevant policies, making patents an important index in market competition.

Further improving the patent system and strengthening protection of patents are important acts for China to take part in economic globalization and adjust to the requirements of the WTO.

(People's Daily 07/26/2001)

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