Decade After Strategy Implementation, Different Look of IPR Protection in China

On June 5 ten years ago, the Outline of National Intellectual Property Strategy was released and implemented. From that moment, IPR was prioritized to the level of national strategy and thus a magnificent journey concerning the future and wellbeing of the nation and its people was unfolded. 


During the past ten years in particular since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has looked far and aimed high, sized up the trend of events, made a series of far-sighted strategic deployment of IP work and therefore guided the IPR undertakings to make historic achievements. Countless inventors, innovative enterprises realized their dreams of growing rich and advancing their own businesses through the use of IPRs. Innovation and creativity in the society has been spurred with products made in China with wisdom being introduced into the world at a fast pace. The IPR system has shown unprecedented vitality, creativity and influence in the area of economy, politics, culture, science and technology.  


In the past ten years, the working system on the implementation of nation IP strategy has been established under the leadership of the State Council with unified deployment of the Inter-Ministerial Meeting for the implementation of national IP strategy. It is a system requiring division of duties and coordination of all departments and all regions. The office of Inter-ministerial Conference has formulated and released the Promotion Plan for the Implementation of National IP Strategy for nine consecutive years to make a unified deployment on strategy-related tasks.  Most provinces, municipalities and cities have set up their own version of command centers for the formulation or implementation of IP strategy.


In the past ten years, China has seen remarkable progress in the implementation of IP strategy. Both the quality and quantity of IP creation have improved, securing the status of a sizable IP country. The number of patent applications and grants increased rapidly with respective annual average growth rates of 19.56% and 21.29%. The number of domestic valid invention patents rose from 96,000 in 2007 to over a million in 2017. The number of patents owned by per 10,000 people increased from 0.6 in 2007 to 9.8 in 2017. The number of valid registered trademarks increased from 2.353 million in 2007 to 14.92 million in 2017, pacing the world for 16 years in a row. The number of copyright registrations across the nation grew from 138,000 in 2007 to 2.748 million in 2017. The number of copyright registration of computer software exceeded 700,000. As revealed in the 2017 Global Innovation Index released by WIPO, China rose to No. 22 in global innovation index and was the only middle-income economy in the top 25.


China's IP protection has improved significantly while the enthusiasm for innovation and entrepreneurship has been further stimulated. From 2008, the National People's Congress (NPC) and the standing committee of the NPC amended IP laws including Patent Law, Trademark Law and Copyright Law. In sync with these revisions, the State Council amended implementation rules of these laws. China has established an IP system conforming to the international rules and norms covering all areas. Judicial and administrative protection of IP has been completely reinforced. The landscape of IP protection featuring stringent, grand, fast and impartial protection has been gradually established. (to be continued)


Source: People's Daily