High-Level Forum on China IP Protection 2022 Held in Beijing
Updated: 4 28,2022

The High-Level Forum on China IP Protection 2022 was held online and in person in Beijing on the morning of April 22. Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), He Xiaorong, Vice President of the Supreme People's Court, Gong Ming, Vice-Ministerial Level Full-Time Member of Procuratorial Committee of the Supreme People's Procuratorate, and Yin Yong, Deputy Mayor of Beijing, attended the Forum and delivered keynote speeches. The Forum was chaired by Hu Wenhui, Deputy Commissioner of the CNIPA.

Shen Changyu pointed out that since the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC), the CPC Central Committee with Comrade Xi Jinping at its core has given even greater priority to the IP work and carved out an IP protection path with Chinese characteristics. Historic achievements have been achieved in IP protection. It is necessary to earnestly implement the spirit of CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping's important instructions on IP protection, the Outline for Building a Country Strong on IPR (2021-2035) and the 14th Five-Year National Plan for IP Protection and Application. We will do our best to improve the IP legal system, ensure better overall protection arrangements, and continue balanced and equal IP protection for entities at home and abroad. These efforts provide strong support for building a new development pattern and achieving high-quality development.

He Xiaorong said that the Supreme People's Court and local courts nationwide will thoroughly practice Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law, and fully implement the Outline for Building a Country Strong on IPR (2021-2035) and the 14th Five-Year National Plan for IP Protection and Application. Innovation remains at the heart of China's modernization drive. Comprehensive efforts should be made to strengthen IP judicial protection to ensure a sound legal environment and effective judicial services for innovation-driven development and the building of China into an IP powerhouse.

Gong Ming stated that entering a new stage of development, the CPC Central Committee has put forward new and higher requirements for strengthening IP judicial protection. Next, the procuratorial organs will further implement Xi Jinping Thought on the Rule of Law and the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee. They will make concrete efforts to reinforce officials' sense of mission and urgency in doing IP-related procuratorial work, strengthen deepen the centralized and unified performance of IP-related procuratorial supervision, and intensify integrated IP protection, thereby serving the innovative development of China.

Yin Yong introduced the specific situation of Beijing's progress in strengthening IP protection across the board from four aspects. He said that Beijing will play an exemplary role in meeting the highest standard of IP protection, and strive to reach full compliance with advanced international standards. Solid efforts will be made to promote the implementation of the Outline for Building a Country Strong on IPR (2021-2035) and the 14th Five-Year National Plan for IP Protection and Application. Beijing will work to promote the high-quality development of the national pilot program on business environment, and the IP reform in all fields in developing Beijing's "Two Zones" (the Integrated National Demonstration Zone for Opening up the Services Sector and the China (Beijing) Pilot Free Trade Zone). Greater efforts will be made to develop Beijing into an international forefront of IP protection and forge a fairer and friendlier business environment for domestic and foreign enterprises.

Following attendees delivered speeches online and in person: Liu Hua, Director of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) Office in China (WOC), Yi Jiming, Director of the Institute for International Intellectual Property at Peking University, Li Fuying, Director of the Legal Affairs Department of the Beijing Organizing Committee for the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, Liu Li, Chinese Ice and Snow Scientist for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Director of the National Winter Sports Clothing Equipment Research and Development Center, Zhi Suping, Director of the Jiangsu Intellectual Property Office, Jia Hongyi, Vice President and General Counsel of Kuaishou Group, and Ann Chaplin, General Counsel of Qualcomm Inc.

Responsible persons of CNIPA's Patent Office and other relevant departments, competent officials of the relevant central departments and Beijing Municipality, and representatives of the WOC, IP experts, and innovation entities participated in the Forum at the main venue. A total of 56 online sub-venues were set up in 30 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities, and 15 cities under separate state planning (or sub-provincial cities) across the country. Responsible persons of local intellectual property management departments joined the Forum virtually.

The High-Level Forum on China IP Protection 2022, co-hosted by China IP News and WOC, received wide attention and enthusiastic participation from all sectors of society, building consensus and pooling strength for China's IP protection.(Translated from CNIPA Website Chinese Version)