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Int'l patent fair opens in Dalian
By Zhu Chengpei & Cui Ning (China Daily)
Updated: 2004-08-19 01:35

State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) commissioner Wang Jingchuan Wednesday called on enterprises and scientific circles to put intellectual property rights (IPR) on strategic agendas.

"The creation, application and protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) has become a worldwide trend in recent years... and a greater holding of IPR means a greater share of markets in today's fierce competition," Wang said at the China International Patent Fair 2004, which opened Wednesday in Dalian, a coastal city in Northeast China's Liaoning Province.

The four-day fair, organized by SIPO, the Liaoning Provincial Government and the Dalian Municipal Government, has the latest patented technology and products from domestic and overseas companies and research institutes.

Chinese enterprises are lagging behind developed countries in technological innovation and commercialization of patented technologies, Wang said.

"It's urgent that we promote the intellectual property strategy for cultivating competitiveness in Chinese enterprises," he said.

Delegations from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan attended the fair. More than 500 patented technologies from nearly 20 countries, including Canada, France, Japan, Russia and the United States, are on show at the fair. About 150,000 visitors and business people are present.

SIPO handled 308,487 patent applications last year, up 22 per cent over 2002. SIPO handled 1,171 patent applications last year, an increase of 220 over 2002, relevant statistics indicate.

Among the country's 800,000-odd independently-developed, patented technologies, less than 10 per cent have been commercialized. Sources from SIPO attribute this to weak services of patent information.

Developed countries such as Japan and the United States have already formulated their own intellectual property rights strategies over the past two years.

Premier Wen Jiabao has said future world competition will have a huge focus on innovation and IPR protection. He said the Chinese Government considers the development of IPR to be important.

Wang said China is working out a national IPR strategy to improve the country's intellectual property rights system.

According to Dai Yulin, vice-mayor of Dalian, the country's major cities are actively stipulating regional IPR strategies. Shanghai, Nanjing, Hangzhou and other 13 cities in the Yangtze River Delta have formed an IPR protection union to fight IPR violations.

Dai said Dalian, the host of the China International Patent Fair and the window of Northeast China to the outside, will improve its IPR system to provide a steady and favourable legal environment for both domestic and overseas investors.

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