State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) plans to cultivate a batch of markets featuring in sound intellectual property (IP) protection by strengthening the crackdown upon IP infringement and counterfeiting in specialized markets, said a SIPO official, which is part of the Office's wider national campaign to improve IP protection in those markets this year,

According to the source, a specialized market is regarded as one of the key places in the circulation of goods, where sufficient IP protection would help cut off the distribution channels of fake and shoddy products and get a clearer picture of what is going on in SMEs in terms of their IP development.

The initiatives will include a series of measures of IP offices at all levels, such as mapping the distribution of specialized markets and their current extent of IP protection, carrying out regular enforcement actions and investigations and formulating a complaint mechanism to protect right holders. To publish official efforts in a timely manner, guide industrial associations to solve IP disputes and strike a balanced approach between administrative and judicial protection, are also in the agenda.

In addition, local offices are required to organize IP trainings to a variety of audience and nominate three to four markets as models in the nurturing program.

(Source: IPR in China)