On September 25, at the press conference for the release of the White Paper on the Facts and China’s Position on China-U.S. Trade Friction, He Hua, Deputy Head of National Intellectual Property Administration of China (CNIPA) said when answering the questions from the media, that the comments and complaints about China’s weak IPR protection are groundless and untenable, because they ignore the facts that China has made progress in building the IPR protection system, achieved rapid improvement in innovation capabilities and become a major IPR country.

China takes clear-cut attitude towards IPR protection. In his keynote speech at this year’s Boao Forum for Asia, President Xi Jinping deemed strengthening IPR protection as one of four key measures to expand opening-up. In his speech at the opening ceremony of "Summer Davos" held in Asia, Premier Li Keqiang stressed again that China will exert a more stricter IPR protection system so that infringers have to pay an unbearable cost and innovators can be bold in their invention and creation, which reflects the clear-cut attitude of Chinese government.

He Hua said, China provides equal IPR protection to all enterprises, including both domestic and foreign ones. Its protection of foreign companies’ IPR also gain the wide recognition from the world.

As for the next-step efforts to strengthen IPR protection, four aspects will be explored, that is strict, major, fast and equal protection.

Strict protection means the introduction of punitive compensation system into IPR and the amendment to Patent Law and Copyright Law.

Broad protection refers to building a layout of broad protection by enhancing the administrative law enforcement in accordance with the law, strengthening the judicial protection and resorting to mediation and arbitration.

Fast protection means the establishment of 19 IPR protection centers across the nation for fast examination, fast right identification and fast protection to improve the protection efficiency.

Equal protection refers to various entities under equal IPR protection, including Chinese and foreign companies as well as SMEs.

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