This follows close consultation with the Chinese IP authorities and marks the project's first anniversary, having been launched by former EU Trade Commissioner Peter Mandelson and Vice-Minister Yu Guangzhou in November 2007 alongside the EU-China Seminar on Enforcement of IPR at Trade Fairs in Beijing.
The key areas of support under the new work plan include:
The Project will also continue to support new publications under its Roadmap for IP Protection series for right holders.
Activities will take place in a number of cities in China - Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Wuxi, Xian and Zhongshan - as well as in Europe, and are built around recurrent and long-term training programmes, study tours to Europe, workshops, on-line training, seminars and expert exchanges. The work plan aims to address both the EU and China's strategic priorities at the technical level, while at the same time providing sufficient flexibility to respond to developments in the field of IP.
IPR2 is a partnership project between the European Commission and the People's Republic of China. Launched towards the end of 2007 in Beijing, it targets the reliability, efficiency and accessibility of the IP protection system, aiming for a sustainable environment for effective IPR enforcement in China.
The EPO is the European implementing organisation, who together with the Chinese implementing organisation, the Department of Treaty and Law of the Ministry of Commerce of China, has an office based in Beijing. The EPO is supported in specific areas with expertise from its Member States and the Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market (OHIM), responsible for registering the European Community's Trademarks and Designs.