China to improve IP protection at expos
Updated: 2006-04-16 09:30 The Chinese government has
launched a campaign to improve awareness of intellectual property (IP)
protection at expositions.
Shang Ming, head of the regulations and decrees division of the Ministry of
Commerce, said the ministry hoped to reduce cases of IP infringement through a
nationwide drive known as "Blue Sky Expo".
Shang revealed the plan at the 99th China Export Commodity Fair that opened
Saturday in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong Province.
Officials from five government bodies, including the Ministry of Commerce,
the National Copyright Administration and the State Intellectual Property
Office, will conduct spot checks at 20 major governmental and commercial expos
held before April next year.
Campaigns on public awareness of trademark and patent rights and copyright
were also underway, said Shang.
The Chinese Export Commodity Fair, a biannual event launched in1957, consists
of two phases: manufactured goods, textiles and garments, foodstuffs and
medicines in the first phase; and souvenirs, gifts and household commodities in
The 99th fair, with 30,058 booths, has attracted 13,686 exhibitors, an
increase of 1,031 over last year. The first phase will run from April 15 to 20
and the second from April 25 to 30.
It is estimated 450,000 people will attend.