China Takes Firm Steps to Protect IPRs

11 Dec 2007

BEIJING - China has enacted new programs aimed at intensifying the protection of Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs), according to the official state news agency, Xinhua.

Some of these programs are as follows:

• China is currently working on national strategic IPRs protection guidelines; more than 20 departments have already set up detailed medium- and long-term plans.

• Action plans on IPRs protection were drafted in 2006 and 2007, laying out 438 specific tasks involving legislation, law enforcement, special drives, international cooperation and public education.

• As part of a crackdown on pirated software, the government ordered municipal and local authorities to buy computers with pre-installed legitimate software and required all domestic and imported computers to be sold with legitimate software pre-installed.

• Special courts for IPRs cases were established across the country, including 172 courts of appeal and 140 collegial panels. The Office of the National Working Group for IPRs Protection set up a national service network in 50 cities to handle IPRs complaints.

• The government has rolled out advocacy campaigns to raise public awareness of IPRs laws, particularly among local officials and corporate officials.

• China has consistently worked against piracy, destroying pirated books and DVDs, cracking down on peddlers selling counterfeit products and raiding factories churning out fakes.


 



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