China's commitment to strengthening IP judicial protection and creating a bright future for IP rights

Author:Justice Tao Kaiyuan
Position:Vice President of the Supreme People's Court of the People's Republic of China
20 June 2019
Chinas commitment to
strengthening IP judicial
protection and creating a
bright future for IP rights
By Justice Tao Kaiy uan, Vice President of
the Supreme People’s Court of the People’s
Republic of China
As an institutional arrangement and incentive mecha-
nism, the intellectual proper ty (IP) system provides a
fundamental driving force for innovation and creativity.
Strengthening IP protection is necessary for China
to honor international rules and fulll its international
commitments. It is also indispensable for pursuing
an innovation-driven development strategy, creating a
business-friendly environment and building a new open
economic system.
Over the past 40 years, China has established, and
continued to improve, a modern IP system with Chi nese
characteristics. It has made remarkable progress and
secured historic achievements in various areas, including
legislation, enforcement, and international exchanges
and cooperation. Today, strengthening the protection
of IP rights is widely recognized in China as the most
important element for improving rights protection and
a fundamental incentive for enhancing the country’s
economic competitiveness.
In line with national conditions, China ha s established an
IP system where judicial and administrative protection
play their respective roles, with the former central to IP
protection. Continued strengthening of the “top-level
Justice Tao Kai yuan was a key note speaker
at the inaug ural session of th e Intellectua l
Property Jud ges Forum at WI PO’s Geneva
headquart ers in November 2018.
Photo: WIPO / © Emmanu el Berrod

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