On July 31, 2019 the State Council Information Office held a briefing concerning IPR protection. During this briefing the Vice-President of China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), Mr. Zhao officially announced the latest achievements in the realm of IPR protection. Mr. Zhao stated that the Chinese Government together with the other governmental bodies highly appreciated the role of IPR protection.
According to the Government Work Report 2019, General Secretary Mr. Xi said that IPR protection was playing a significant role worldwide and the Government had to improve the whole property protection system. Premier Minister Li Keqiang participated in the 57th Executive Meeting of the State Council in July and stressed that CNIPA and all other governmental bodies must work together in order to strengthen IPR protection of the country and achieve noticeable results.
It is worth noting since the beginning of this year CNIPA has been taking numerous measures to strengthen IPR protection. These measures include revision of patent trademark laws and their regulations, strengthen patent lawyers activity, building special IPR protection centers, combating IPR infringements and counterfeit products via implementing different campaigns, creating a special on-line system based on the Madrid system, which help to transfer documents directly to WIPO and many other measures.
Furthermore, Mr. Zhao commented on CNIPA’s future working direction. In his opinion, CNIPA should focus on strengthening building different mechanisms, improving administrative and judicial protection, shortening patent examination time, creating a relevant registration system and improving international cooperation. Mr. Zhao also noted that CNIPA had chosen the right working direction and took examples of recent statistics of foreign invention patent and trademark applications in China. According to these statistical results, the amount of foreign invention patent applications in China has reached 78,000, while the amount of foreign trademark application in territory of China is nearly 127,000. Thus, these statistics directly reflect that the Chinese market attracts foreign companies to apply patent and trademark applications in China Mainland. In addition, the figures also demonstrate that foreign companies have confidence; hence they can rely on China’s IPR system and business environment, which is the core of doing business in China.
The other countries also noted that IPR protection was getting better in China, e.g.: most European companies in China agreed that the administrative and judicial protection of China’s IPR was significantly strengthened; the Chamber of Commerce of the United States of America said that the most tremendous achievements were those in the improvement of online retailing and patent enforcement for pharmaceutical products.