Shen Heads Chinese Delegation to WIPO Assembly
Updated: 7 26,2022

The 63rd Series of Meetings of the Assembly of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was held recently in Geneva, Switzerland in a hybrid mode of online and offline. Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) led the Chinese delegation to the meeting and delivered a general intervention via video.

Shen updated on the latest developments of the Chinese IP system. He said, China enacted the Outline for Building an IP Powerhouse Country (2021-2035) in September 2021, designing the top-level grand scheme of the IP system for the next 15 years. On February 5 this year, China acceded to both the Hague Agreement Concerning the International Registration of Industrial Designs and the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled, reflecting China's support to multilateralism, unwavering stand in further opening up and reform, resolute determination in enhancing IP protection, continuously refinement of the climate for doing business and innovation.

Shen appreciated WIPO's adoption of the mid-term strategic plan, congratulated the marked achievements made under the leadership of the director general and his management team, and introduced China's cooperation with WIPO on linking the above-mentioned outline and WIPO's mid-term strategic plan. In addition, Shen commented on the issues under discussion at WIPO, calling fellow member states to exhibit more solidarity and cooperative spirits in view of the complex and fluid international circumstances, adhering to the principle of discussing to find consensus, treading carefully on the issues of common concern. He also asked for continuing efforts from members to jointly advance the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda of the United Nations (UN), further improvement of the global IP service system, inclusion of Chinese and other official UN languages into the Madrid system and the Hague system and further adjustment of the WIPO oversight and audit system.

The Chinese delegation consists of CNIPA, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Copyright Administration, Permanent Mission of China to the UN Office at Geneva and Other International Organizations in Switzerland and Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of China. All China Patent Attorneys Association and China Council for the Promotion of International Trade also attended the meeting as observers.(Translated from CNIPA Website Chinese Version)