Bet­ter IPR pro­tec­tion deep­ens re­form and open­ing-up: ex­pert

Global Times US Edition - - TOP­NEWS -

On Tues­day China made con­crete moves on in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty.

A to­tal 38 govern­ment agen­cies in­clud­ing the Na­tional Devel­op­ment and Re­form Com­mis­sion (NDRC), the Peo­ple’s Bank of China and the Na­tional In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Ad­min­is­tra­tion Tues­day signed a mem­o­ran­dum of co­op­er­a­tion for joint ef­forts to strengthen pun­ish­ment for in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty in­fringe­ments.

Dis­hon­est con­duct from in­di­vid­u­als or en­ter­prises such as re­peated patent in­fringe­ments or fal­si­fi­ca­tion of doc­u­ments dur­ing patent ap­pli­ca­tions will be sub­ject to joint pun­ish­ment, ac­cord­ing to the memo posted on the NDRC web­site on Tues­day.

Wrong­do­ers will be black­listed, their names pub­li­cized on the cred­itchina.gov.cn web­site and shared among govern­ment agen­cies.

Wrong­do­ers will find it harder to ob­tain govern­ment fi­nan­cial sup­port, par­tic­i­pate in govern­ment pro­cure­ment, is­sue cor­po­rate bonds or ac­quire govern­ment land sup­ply, ac­cord­ing to the mem­o­ran­dum.

Chi­nese For­eign Min­istry spokesper­son Geng Shuang said at Wednes- day’s rou­tine press con­fer­ence “this proves China is im­prov­ing pro­tec­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty and launch­ing ac­tions to strike il­le­gal ac­tiv­i­ties.”

While China takes ac­tions to im­ple­ment the con­sen­sus, Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion of­fi­cials like na­tional se­cu­rity ad­vi­sor John Bolton said they planned to take a tough stand in their 90-day trade ne­go­ti­a­tions with China, the Wall Street Jour­nal re­ported on Tues­day.

“China doesn’t like to talk too much to show who is mak­ing more com­pro­mises or who is win­ning as we pre­fer to let ac­tions an­swer,” said Li Haidong, a pro­fes­sor at the Bei­jing-based China For­eign Af­fairs Univer­sity.

No mat­ter how many con­sen­suses both sides have reached, it re­quires im­ple­men­ta­tion to turn the con­sen­suses into re­al­ity with an ac­tual so­lu­tion, Li said.

But the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is still throw­ing tough words around so­cial me­dia while hard-liner Robert Lighthizer has been sent to ne­go­ti­ate with China, he noted.

“The con­sen­sus won’t work if Lighthizer al­ways pushes China to com­pro­mise with­out any feed­back from the US side,” Li said.

Jin Can­rong, as­so­ciate dean of Ren­min Univer­sity of China’s School of In­ter­na­tional Stud­ies, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day that the con­sen­sus is win-win for both sides.

“The US at least gets three im­por­tant things from us: a restart on im­port­ing US agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, the green light for the Qual­comm-NXP deal and the Fen­tanyl is­sue.”

How­ever, what China wants is sim­ple, Jin said. “Re­spect­ing China’s right to up­grade in­dus­tries: ‘Made in China 2025.’ This is China’s bot­tom line, which leaves no room to talk,” he said.

US of­fi­cials have “indi­rectly ac­knowl­edged that China’s eco­nomic sys­tem is more ef­fi­cient than the US,” Jin said, “but they refuse to re­form their own sys­tem. In fact, the US has never stopped sub­si­diz­ing its com­pa­nies and now it’s us­ing dou­ble stan­dards to pres­sure us. This is un­ac­cept­able.”

Im­prov­ing pro­tec­tion of in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty is not only be­cause of trade ne­go­ti­a­tions with the US, Jin said. It also meets China’s own re­quire­ments for deep­en­ing re­form, he noted.

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