The State Council to Strengthen IPR Protection

The State Council to Strengthen IPR Protection

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang chaired a State Council executive meeting to further strengthen the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) and effectively protect legitimate rights and interests of various market entities.

The meeting pointed out that according to the arrangements of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, to strengthen the IPR protection was an important part of improving the system of property rights protection, which was conducive to optimizing the business environment, promoting scientific and technological innovation and deepening international cooperation. In recent years, various regions and relevant departments have improved their legal and policy systems, strengthened law enforcement and judicial protection, and made great headway in IPR protection.

Going forward, China would, first, continuously strengthen law enforcement of intellectual property rights and protect legitimate rights and interests of all market players without discrimination. Besides, efforts would be made to speed up the formulation and improvement of relevant standards concerning the judgment, inspection and identification of patent, trademark and copyright infringement and counterfeiting. China would also focus on prioritized tasks, carry out special campaigns to crack down on intellectual property infringement, and severely punish all kinds of illegal activities. In addition, work would be done to promote rapid and coordinated IPR protection, strengthen international cooperation and help enterprises get and safeguard intellectual property rights outside China.

Second, China would proactively push forward the revision of the patent law and copyright law, the new round of overhaul of the trademark law, and the revision of rules for implementation of the patent law and regulation on the protection of new varieties of plants, so as to greatly increase the cost of illegal activities.

Third, China would continue to improve the quality and efficiency of intellectual property examination. Efforts would be made to speed up establishing an intelligent system for patent examination and trademark registration to ensure that the time required for the examination of high value patents would be reduced to 17.5 months and the average period for trademark registration examination to less than 5 months by the end of the year. At the same time, the quality of intellectual property registration would be improved, and the number of high value patents and patents in core areas would be increased.



August 24, 2019

Source: China News Service

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