Chinese State Intellectual Property Office issued the 2014 China IPR Comprehensive Development Evaluation report (hereinafter referred to as "Report ") on June 4. The Report shows that the country continues to improve the overall level of IP development, with significant progress in international rankings. From 2008 to 2013, the ranking rose to the ninth from the 19th in the world, with capacity and performance in third place. But IP environment still needs improvement.
The Report shows that the level of comprehensive IP development was further improved last year. Han Xiucheng, Director of IP Development & Research Center of SIPO said after analysis, in 2014 the index of IP development reached 63.74, increasing by 0.98 against 2013, with steady improvement in IPR creation, utilization, protection and environmental standards, and various index showed steady growth.
From changes of Intellectual Property Development Index in different regions, the development in the eastern region slowed down, while the central and western regions had great development potential. The areas with higher level of comprehensive IP development are mainly concentrated in the east, while Guangdong, Beijing, Shanghai, Zhejiang, Jiangsu, Shandong and Fujian have ranked the forefront for many years. After long time of development in the east, the maturity of IP work increases, which has formed a virtuous circle of IP development, with a slowdown in growth.
The Report established an international index of IP comprehensive development for the first time, adding international comparisons of IP comprehensive capabilities. The report shows that China's international IP status raised up rapidly, jumping from 19th in 2008 to 9th in 2013 among the 40 sample countries.
From the three A-level indicators of IP capability, performance and environment, China's IP capability and performance ranked third, while the IP environment became the most prominent short board.