For­eign firms see great progress in na­tion’s ef­forts to pro­tect IPR

Global Times US Edition - - BIZOVE - By Yu Xi in Shang­hai

For­eign com­pa­nies have seen great im­prove­ment in China’s in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights (IPR) pro­tec­tion in re­cent years, and some con­sider that joint ef­forts by gov­ern­ments and com­pa­nies are ef­fec­tive so­lu­tion to tackle in­fringe­ment, busi­ness rep­re­sen­ta­tives told the Global Times at the China In­ter­na­tional Im­port Expo (CIIE).

Com­pany rep­re­sen­ta­tives in­clud­ing US sports­wear and footwear com­pany Nike, tech­nol­ogy gi­ant Qual­comm and in­dus­trial prod­uct maker ABRO all showed their con­fi­dence over China's abil­ity to deal with any chal­lenges in the field of IPR.

Robert Barchiesi, pres­i­dent of the In­ter­na­tional Anti-Coun­ter­feit­ing Coali­tion (IACC), also said he had seen great im­prove­ment in the field of IPR pro­tec­tion in China from 2008 to 2018. “It’s nice and we look for­ward to see­ing more hap­pen,” he told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

The pres­ence of these US com­pa­nies at the CIIE also showed their will­ing­ness to grow busi­ness in China, and to en­hance co­op­er­a­tion with Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties in the IPR area.

As many in­no­va­tive do­mes­tic com­pa­nies still face prob­lems like patent in­fringe­ment, in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives called for co­op­er­a­tion be­tween gov­ern­ments and com­pa­nies to tackle those is­sues.

“To date we have taken down more than 400,000 in­fring­ing list­ings, and they [Alibaba] shut down more than 60,000 store fronts,” Barchiesi said.

He also noted that the IACC signed an agree­ment with Alibaba in 2013 and works closely with the com­pany to crack down on in­fringe­ment.

He also re­garded co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the au­thor­i­ties and com­pa­nies as part of the so­lu­tion. “That’s the rea­son why I work with Alibaba. I think it’s a mat­ter of col­lab­o­ra­tion... and no one could do it on their own.”

China has con­tin­ued to re­in­force pro­tec­tion through leg­is­la­tion, law en­force­ment and the ju­di­ciary, and achieved some no­table suc­cesses, ac­cord­ing to a white paper is­sued by the Chi­nese govern­ment in Septem­ber, the Xin­hua News Agency re­ported on Septem­ber 24.

China built a fully fledged and high-stan­dard IP le­gal frame­work in a rel­a­tively short pe­riod, com­pared with the decades or more that de­vel­oped coun­tries spent set­ting up sim­i­lar le­gal sys­tems, Xin­hua said, cit­ing the white paper.

The coun­try’s top leg­is­la­ture is also con­sid­er­ing a change of the in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty rights (IPR) ap­peals pro­ce­dure, which would hand the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court (SPC) cases that re­quire more ex­per­tise, Xin­hua re­ported on Oc­to­ber 22.

“The SPC will have a na­tional ap­peal court for civil and ad­min­is­tra­tive IPR cases,” Chief Jus­tice Zhou Qiang was quoted as say­ing in the me­dia re­port when elab­o­rat­ing on a draft res­o­lu­tion on the IPR ap­peal pro­ce­dure at the bi-monthly ses­sion of the Na­tional Peo­ple’s Congress Stand­ing Com­mit­tee.

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