In 2013, the public satisfaction index of chinese IP protection was 64.96, up 1.27 over 63.69 of 2012, according to a survey of Chinese IP protection conducted by Patent Protection Association of China, China Trademark Association, Copyright Society of China and Beijing Mainland Information Company. Although the levels of satisfaction increased, there is just much room for improvement.

“The improvement of satisfaction is an affirmation that China’s IP protection is enhancing,” said Li Shunde, Dean of Law and IP Department in the University of China Academy of Science. Although the levels of satisfaction increased, it reflected that the whole society have strong demand for stepping up IP protection, Li adds.

Local governments fared well in IP protection, especially the levels of satisfaction increased by 5.12 points over last year, reflecting their determination on strengthening IP protection. People also speak highly of IP publicity. “In recent years, IP publicity has created a sound environment for encouraging and pursuing innovation, which reinforced the confidence of IP holders,” said Gong Qing, Director of Central Research Academy of BYD Company.

In fact, China has carried out effective works in IP enforcement. In 2013, SIPO launched a special campaign against patent infringement and counterfeit goods relating to people’s livehood and major project, and effectively safeguarded the lawful rights and interests of right holders and innovation bodies. In 2013, the IP agencies nationwide received 5,056 patent dispute cases, up 101.4%; 4,684 of which are patent infringement cases. It investigated 11,171 patent counterfeiting cases, totalling to 16,227, up 79.8%.

“The figures reflects one side China’s determination on fighting IP infringements, and IP enforcement need to be further improved,” said Li Shunde. IP protection is a long-term task. We should make people feel better about IP protection by stepping up IP publicity and IP enforcement, Li added.

(Source: China IP News)