English Documentary 'The Story of Patents in China' Premiered Worldwide


Source: China IP News

The English documentary 'The Story of Patents in China' produced by China Global Television Network (CGTN) and backed by the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) made its debut in more than 170 countries and regions at 1 pm on December 21, 2019.

The 52-minute documentary records the development of China's patent system  from its birth to its current established position, from infancy to maturity through reflection of over 10 Chinese and foreign authoritative IP insiders, witnesses and practitioners. With several generations of efforts, China has achieved remarkable feats in the IP field in merely 40 years, relative to centuries spent by the industrialized countries. China has safely established itself a force among IP powers, already commencing another journey to be a frontrunner. While enhancing IP protection, China shares the benefits of its patent system with the world.

In the documentary, CNIPA Commissioner Shen Changyu, WIPO Director General Francis Gurry and other prominent IP experts and practitioners shared their viewpoints and expectations for the future, which included that an engineer of CRRC Corporation Limited held that the function of patent is to protect and display the value of knowledge, a person in charge of a Chinese company told the story of how its container inspection equipment with self-generated IPRs won the open bidding in Dubai in which the country invited different suppliers to compete for the contract, and thorough patent networks made Sany Heavy Industry a leading manufacturer of construction machinery. The documentary, centering on the real cases including the establishment and improvement of Chinese Patent Law, patent-driven innovative development and the win-win situation Chinese patents promote to create in the world, deeply analyzed the tremendous achievements China has made in the past 40 years from theperspective of country, enterprises and individuals, exploring the way to build an IP power.

The documentary has gone viral immediately after release. Some viewers said that, for one thing, the development of Chinese Patent Law and the progress of technologies are closely related. The advancement of technology not only brings about challenges, but constantly drives the Patent Law to another level. Emerging technologies enables the public to protect their own IPRs in a faster and more comprehensive way. For another, protection for patents is the appeal from units at all levels and the individuals from the perspective of the constant growth of patent applications since the implementation of the first Patent Law of China. In the transformation from 'Made in China' to 'Created in China', the country must value IPR protection work, constantly improve relevant rules and laws and ensure to execute them vigorously, thus motivating science researchers, boosting national innovation and facilitating China's pace toward an international technological power fast and steady.