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China Unveils Comprehensive Blueprint for Strengthening Intellectual Property Protection

Beijing, May 28, 2024, The Europe Today: On Monday, China introduced a detailed blueprint for establishing a robust intellectual property (IP) protection system, aiming to enhance its business environment and drive economic growth. The blueprint, formulated by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) in collaboration with eight other authorities, outlines strategic measures across various domains including policy standards, law enforcement, and talent cultivation.

This ambitious plan sets a road map for IP development until 2035, with the goal of modernizing and fortifying China’s IP protection system. Shen Changyu, head of the CNIPA, elaborated on the blueprint’s key aspects during a press conference in late April.

“The plan will prioritize combating infringement and counterfeiting, improving the establishment of IP courts, reducing the cost of protecting rights, and implementing a punitive damages system for infringement,” Shen stated. He emphasized that these measures are crucial for fostering a secure and fair business environment.

Key components of the blueprint include:

  1. Enhanced Law Enforcement: Strengthening efforts to combat IP infringement and counterfeiting to ensure a secure environment for innovators and businesses.
  2. IP Court Development: Expanding and improving the network of IP courts to expedite the resolution of IP disputes and provide more robust legal protection for IP rights holders.
  3. Cost Reduction: Lowering the costs associated with protecting IP rights to make it more accessible for individuals and businesses to defend their innovations.
  4. Punitive Damages: Implementing a system of punitive damages for IP infringement to deter violations and ensure that perpetrators face significant consequences.
  5. New Fields and Emerging Industries: Developing enhanced IP protection rules tailored to new and rapidly evolving fields such as artificial intelligence, gene technology, and livestreaming. This includes creating specific regulations that address the unique challenges these industries face.

The blueprint’s formulation reflects China’s commitment to aligning its IP protection framework with international standards and best practices, thereby encouraging innovation and attracting foreign investment. By 2035, China aims to position itself as a global leader in IP protection, fostering an environment where creativity and innovation can thrive.

This strategic initiative underscores the importance China places on intellectual property as a key driver of economic growth and technological advancement, ensuring that creators and businesses can operate in a secure and supportive environment.