EU’s re­port on coun­ter­feit goods sim­ply re­veals its bias

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - A 74-PAGE RE­PORT

by Europe’s po­lice agency and the EU In­tel­li­gence Prop­erty Of­fice claims the Chi­nese main­land and the Hong Kong Spe­cial Ad­min­is­tra­tive Re­gion “were the prove­nance of 86 per­cent of global coun­ter­feit­ing and $396.5 bil­lion worth of coun­ter­feit goods” in 2015. Peo­ple’s Daily com­ments:

In the past two months, China’s C919 pas­sen­ger plane suc­cess­fully com­pleted its first trial flight; its first high-speed train, with in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights com­pletely be­long­ing to China, has been put into op­er­a­tion be­tween Bei­jing and Shang­hai; and the first of a new type of de­stroyer was suc­cess­fully launched in Shang­hai.

These achieve­ments, though noth­ing new for de­vel­oped coun­tries, are mile­stones in the de­vel­op­ment of the high-end man­u­fac­tur­ing in­dus­try in China.

It is a pity the EU still sticks to an out­dated view of China, and it is will­ing to turn a blind eye to China’s progress and ef­forts in this re­gard.

Be­sides, the au­then­tic­ity and ob­jec­tiv­ity of the data used in the re­port have to be ques­tioned.

China is one of the coun­tries that has suf­fered the most from sham and shoddy com­modi­ties and in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights

in­fringe­ments. The Chi­nese govern­ment is pay­ing a lot of at­ten­tion to stamp­ing out coun­ter­feit goods and IPR vi­o­la­tions in im­ports and ex­ports, and has strength­ened its su­per­vi­sion in such ar­eas. Chi­nese cus­toms statis­tics in­di­cate the IPR in­fringe­ment cases it in­ves­ti­gated among China’s im­ports have grown at 10 per­cent a year on av­er­age.

Three spe­cial­ized in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty courts have also been set up in Bei­jing, Shang­hai and Guangzhou, to im­prove in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights pro­tec­tion.

As the world’s sec­ond-largest econ­omy that des­per­ately seeks in­dus­trial up­grad­ing and eco­nomic re­struc­tur­ing, China has made un­wa­ver­ing ef­forts to bol­ster its in­no­va­tion ca­pa­bil­ity and strengthen its IPR pro­tec­tion.

A large num­ber of startup bases and in­no­va­tion in­cu­ba­tors have ap­peared across the na­tion. It is an ir­re­versible trend in China that its la­bor-in­ten­sive in­dus­tries are rapidly trans­form­ing to in­tel­li­gence-in­ten­sive in­dus­tries.

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