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On August 22, the General Administration of Customs (GAC) introduced the work plan of “Longteng Action”to over 150 selected key business involved in this action and organized training on how enterprises coordinate with customs on IPR protection and law enforcement.

In this action, customs nationwide will center on the export routes to Africa, Middle East, Latin America and countries and regions along the “Belt and Road”; target the major conventional competitive products including small home electric appliances, mobile devices, engineering machines, daily necessities, festive products and specialty goods; aim to carry out special law-enforcement action and assist businesses in protecting their rights.

GAC will fully leverage the channel of mutual assistance developed with the overseas customs in administrative law enforcement to offer support to those major enterprises involved in the Action for their right protection abroad in terms of information support, evidence collection and case verification.

According to initial statistics, as of June 30, 6,721 batches of infringement goods had been seized in the import and export sector, involving 24.72 million pieces of goods and a value of 80.98 million yuan;3,742 applications for recordal of IP protection in customs had been approved, involving 1,426 IP owners.

The customs authority keeps advancing the special campaign against IPR infringement and counterfeiting in Internet. GAC organizes its affiliates in Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Zhengzhou to conduct comprehensive control over the infringement activities in the postal express channel related to e-commerce; Hangzhou Customs, based on its cooperation mechanism with e-commerce platforms, further explores the model of joint control and law enforcement between the Customs and the e-commerce platform. According to the initial statistics, the customs at all levels had seized 5,890 batches of infringement goods from the postal and express mail channels in the first half of the year, totaling over 20,000 pieces in volume and 1.9 million yuan in value.

In addition, GAC continues to strengthen exchanges with the countries and regions along the “Belt and Road” in terms of IP protection and to deepen the cooperation with the counterparts in US, EU, Russia and ASEAN countries on law enforcement. This April, GAC worked with US CBP to launch one-month joint law enforcement activity with a focus on infringing consumer electronic goods, auto parts, food, drug and sportswear from and to US in the channel of express mail, shipping and post. The customs of two countries worked together to intensify law enforcement and explore new type of cooperation model.

Since 2013, the customs nationwide have seized a total of 110,000 batches of infringement goods in import and export, involving 406.97 million in volume and 1.55 billion yuan in value, thus protecting the legitimate rights of over 2,100 owners in 62 countries and regions. Amid this, the domestic enterprises become more willing to protect IP through the customs and an increasing number of domestic start-ups have been under protection of customs. So far, the IP recordals of Chinese enterprises in GAC have exceeded 18,000, accounting for 55% of the total files. In 2015, 1,939 batches of IP-related goods of domestic enterprises were seized or confiscated, at a value of 55.9 million yuan, up by 130.29% and 571.41% respectively on a year-on-year basis. In 2016, 7.5785 million pieces of goods suspected of infringing indigenous IPR were seized, up by 13.2% year on year.

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