China and WIPO collaborate on IP promotion

China and WIPO collaborate on IP promotion

China and WIPO collaborate on IP promotion

The establishment of the intellectual property (IP) system and global IP governance faces new problems and possibilities as a result of current trends in international growth. The worldwide pandemic outbreak and developments not seen in a century have left the globe in a state of uncertainty, but one thing is certain: IP will play an increasingly important role in reviving the economy and sustainable development.

The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), the specialized organization of the United Nations in the authority of IP, inventions, and creativity, is sometimes referred to as a golden knowledge asset. The WIPO Office in China (WOC) serves as an extension of WIPO in China and carries out both domestic and international operations. In order to support China’s economic and social development, the WOC simultaneously promotes WIPO’s worldwide IP protection services and China’s innovative growth on the international stage.

China has emerged as a key player in the world of innovations

China has steadily emerged as an important role in the landscape of global inventions as a result of the eastward movement of the innovation cluster in Asia, strengthening its position as a global innovation leader. In the Worldwide Innovation Index 2021 (GII 2021), China climbed to the 12th spot while leading the globe in terms of the origin of patent, trademark, and industrial design filings as well as exports of creative goods, with industrial design applications making up 55% of all global filings. The sole middle-income economy in the GII Top 15 is China, which is also aiming to enter the GII Top 10 rankings.

As China strives to become a nation that values innovation and IP has a lot of potentials. China has published significant IP-related policies in recent years. The 14th Five-Year Plan has designated funding for the development of a reliable IP application and protection system. The overarching objective is to create a world-class IP power with Chinese characteristics, according to the Guidelines for Building a Powerful Intellectual Property Nation (2021–2035). China’s intellectual property effort is outlined in detail in the 14th Five-Year National Plan for the Protection and Application of Intellectual Property, which sets a goal of 12 high-value invention patents for every 10,000 people by 2025.

In terms of IP commercialization and protection, China has achieved significant advancements. It is encouraging to see that Chinese companies submitted more than 100 international applications for industrial designs through the Hague System on May 5, 2022, the date the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs became law in the nation. This shows how much importance Chinese companies place on IP protection and how eager they are to integrate into the global IP ecosystem.

Protection of geographical indications is the foundation of China’s strategy for rural revitalization

Appellations of origin and geographical indications (GIs) are effective branding and marketing instruments that may satisfy the expanding market demand for high-quality products based on their historical origins in today’s quality-oriented consumer goods market. GIs, one of the oldest types of intangible property and a key component of IP, may boost the reputation and competitiveness of a product’s country of origin internationally.

For China, GI protection has emerged as a successful strategy for poverty eradication, revitalizing rural areas, and integrating urban and rural areas, all of which have the potential to contribute to shared development. GI protection is now a successful strategy for reducing poverty, raising levels of income, and promoting sustainable development in the local area.

Additionally, GI protection helps Chinese businesses expand their market share, and increase brand premiums and revenues. The China-EU Agreement on Geographical Indications was inked on September 14, 2020, and it became effective on March 1, 2021. The first comprehensive and high-level bilateral agreement on GI protection in China is this one. It demonstrates the nation’s will to increase the marketability of its abundant GI resources, as well as the development of economic and commercial ties between China and the EU.

China has generated a great variety of regional specialties with different regional features in agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry, fisheries, and traditional crafts because of its vast territory, and diverse resources. Their unique traits have helped them build strong brands and led to the development of GI products, many of which are important to the local economy or even pillar industries. These products have a great deal of potential to succeed on the global stage and benefit the local community.

In order to help more Chinese GI products enter international markets through the Lisbon system, the International System of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications run by WIPO, WIPO looks forward to working with China to protect GIs and support the joint promotion of GI products with distinctive qualities and Chinese characteristics.

Over the past 50 years, China has significantly aided the efforts of WIPO. In addition to strengthening its partnership with China on emerging technologies like blockchain, big data, and artificial intelligence, WIPO is committed to establishing a diverse, equitable, dynamic, and forward-looking global IP ecosystem.

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