Increasing Intellectual Property Protection
Beijing Municipality will focus on advancing itself into intellectual property protection, improving the quality of creativity, utilisation benefits, and safeguarding effect, management abilities and level of service.
On April 19, 2017 before the 17th World Intellectual Property Day, a press conference cosponsored by the Information Office of the People’s Government of Beijing Municipality and an agency in charge of the municipal intellectual property office meeting was held to introduce the status of safeguarding intellectual property in Beijing Municipality in 2016.
At that time, patent applications reached 189,129, with a year-on-year increase of 21 percent; the invention patent application quantity exceeded 100,000, with a year-onyear increase of 17.7 percent; the patent authorisation quantity reached 100,578, with a year-on-year increase of 7 percent, the invention patent authorisation quantity reached 40,602, with a year-on-year increase of 15 percent.
The holding quantity of invention patent every 10,000 people is 76.8, ranking first all over China. As of 18 April 2017, Beijing Municipality has 873,000 valid registered trademarks, 229 China Famous Trademarks and 683 Beijing Famous Trademarks. Beijing has 693,421 items of voluntary registered works, 43.3 percent of all in China, with a year- on-year increase of 15.38 percent, having consecutively ranked first for 14 years; and 82,490 computer software copyright registrations, 20.2 percent of all in China.
Improving Policies, Laws and Regulations
In 2016, Beijing Municipality intensified efforts in planning and coordinating the safeguarding the intellectual property. All member units have carried out their works in safeguarding the intellectual property in their respective areas.
The Beijing Municipal Intellectual Property Meeting Office released The 2016 Plan of Carrying forward Intellectual Property Strategies in Beijing which clarified seven key jobs and 56 items of specific tasks; worked out “the Work Plan on Enhancing the Planning and Coordination Functions of the Office Meeting and Pushing forward the Utilising and Safeguarding of Intellectual Property” and began to establish a deployment centre in utilising and safeguarding intellectual property.
In 2017, to adapt to new realities, the Beijing Municipal Intellectual Property Office Meeting incorporated Beijing Municipal Administration of Traditional Chinese Medicine as a member unit, making member units reach 42, further perfecting planning and coordination.
Over the past year, Beijing Municipality has intensified its professional regulations on juridical protection on intellectual property. Beijing Intellectual Property Court carried out reform on lawsuit filing, verdicts, and worked out “the Unitary Trial Regulations on Lawsuit Filing, Judging and Verdict” and its matching safeguarding measures, to guide judges, lawyers and scholars to jointly participate in and carry out their works under unitary standards.
In regional coordination, the State Intellectual Property Office has signed the Consultation Protocol of Promoting the Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei Coordinated Development and Cooperation on Intellectual Property with the governments of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei, to promote the cooperation in case affirmation, entrusted forensics and joint law enforcement.
Cracking Down on Right Infringement
In 2016, law enforcement departments on intellectual property across Beijing Municipality have performed their respective functions to carry out special operations and crack down on the illegal acts of infringement.
The Beijing Intellectual Property Office has intensified their law enforcement on exhibitions, conferences, and e-commerce, having dispatched about 600 law enforcement personnel to carry out law enforcement by stationing in more than 30 various largescale exhibitions and conferences including the Fourth China Beijing International Fair for Trade in Services and the 19th China Beijing International High-tech Expo.
The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, uniting with departments of communications, cultural law enforcement and public security, actively carried out the special operation of “Sword Internet 2016” and the special problem-addressing operation on regulating the copyrights of online cloud storage space.
Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce carried out special law enforcement operations on safeguarding icons of the Olympic Games. Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau carried out actions such as the “2016 Spring and Summer Safety Operation” to crack down on abusing food additives.
Beijing Customs District carried out the “Refreshing Breeze Operation,” the joint law enforcement operation between the customs of China and the United States, and between China and Russia to crack down on law-breaking actions involving key destinations of imports and exports, as well as key commodities, so as to maintain an
overseas “Made in China” image.
While carrying out special operations of law enforcement, law enforcement departments on intellectual property also emphasised on taking precautions by taking effective measures. The Beijing Intellectual Property Bureau established a service centre and work station for reporting on and complaints about intellectual property issues in Yanqing Subpark of Zhongguancun Science and Technology Park.
The Integrated Law Enforcement on Cultural Market of Beijing Municipality has launched trial operations of copyright protection on the Internet video with widespread social attention and frequent infringement records, offering a timely green channel for copyright holders who make precautionary appeals to safeguard their rights and increase protection of copyright holders.
Carrying out Publicity and Exchanges
In 2016, the effect of intellectual property on “Establishing a Sound International Image of Beijing” has revealed itself daily. Beijing Municipality and the State Intellectual Property Office successfully held the “Belt and Road Initiatives Intellectual Property High-level Conference” and the “Third China-united Kingdom Intellectual Property Seminar,” as well as the seminars on the safeguarding and utilising intellectual property in France and the United States with the two countries’ organisations stationed in China. By relying on six intellectual property international exchange and communication bases, 22 established overseas stations in Asia, America, Europe, and Australia to expand foreign exchange and cooperation.
Member units of the Intellectual Property Office Meeting took occasions as the World Intellectual Property Day on April 26 to popularise the laws and regulations on intellectual property, having further raised intellectual property awareness of the public. The Beijing Administration for Industry and Commerce held a press conference to disclose work on safeguarding trademark intellectual property by the industrial and commerce departments of Beijing Municipality in 2016, and expose the “Ten Typical Cases” with the names of violators.
The Beijing Municipal Bureau of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television carried out its 6th Music Intellectual Property Safeguarding and Industrial Development Forum. The Integrated Law Enforcement on Cultural Market of Beijing Municipality organised and held an activity to inspect infringements and do away with illegal publications on World Intellectual Property Day, showing the determination and will of the government in cracking down on pirated products.
Beijing Intellectual Property Office united the Beijing Municipal Education Commission to compile and print 80,000 copies of the Intellectual Property Education Plan for Beijing Municipal Middle and Primary Schools and Intellectual Property Education Manual for Middle and Primary Schools to carry out education of intellectual property in middle and primary schools in Changping District and Tongzhou District. People’s Procuratorate of Beijing Municipality, through a series activities like “Going out and Bringing in” to provide service and guidance to the enterprises under its administration, have effectively curbed infringements.
2017 is a big year for building a strong country in intellectual property and implementing the State Intellectual Property Safeguarding and Utiliaing Plan during the 13th Five-year Plan (2016–2020). Beijing Municipality will focus on advancing itself into intellectual property protection, and make efforts in improving its quality of creativity, utilisation benefits, safeguarding, management abilities and level of service.