Innovation brings the entire world together

10:20, April 28, 2010        

  Innovation can change the world and promote development. Innovation has become a force for strengthening a country's competitiveness and maintaining harmonious development in the world. Moreover, intellectual property rights are not only the catalyst for encouraging innovation, but also the "guardian" for maintaining innovation's healthy development.

  Innovation and intellectual property rights jointly grow together

  Forty years ago the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was established. Thirty years ago, the Patent Office of China, which was the former body of the State Intellectual Property Office, was established and China officially joined the WIPO. About 20 years ago, the Patent Office of China and the WIPO jointly established the China Patent Awards, which greatly encouraged Chinese innovation. Ten years ago, the 35th assembly approved a proposal by China and Algeria to establish April 26 as World Intellectual Property Day starting in 2001.

  Intellectual property has become the most important strategic resource for every country's development

  Currently, the emerging multi-polar global political structure, the globalization of the world economy and the synchronization of world competition and exchanges are the key features of global development.

  If we say the agricultural economic age mainly depended on land resources and labor forces, and the industrial economic age mainly depended on natural resources and currency, then the current intellectual economic age should mainly depend on innovation and intellectual property.

  In fact, intellectual property has become the most important strategic resource for every country's development in the world. Meanwhile, intellectual property systems are increasingly important for stimulating and protecting innovation. The development of intellectual property systems themselves has also shown clearly different characters and a trend of integration.

  Intellectual exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries further deepened.

  Following China's reforms, the country’s intellectual property system was the subject of arduous exploration and great efforts, resulting in many brilliant achievements. The intellectual exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries were also further deepened.

  In order to develop China's socialist market economy and meet the requirements of China's reforms, China established an intellectual property system which is in line with international rules.

  On April 1, 1985, the Patent Law was officially put into effect, meaning the door for patent applications was opened. By the end of March 2010, China had received over 6 million patent applications in total from its domestic regions or other countries, and has approved over 3.2 million applications.

  The number of patents applications from China according to the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) has exceeded 30,000, and the number in 2009 alone was about 8,000, ranking fifth in the world. Meanwhile, China also successively published and implemented a series of relevant laws and regulations such as the Trademark Law and the Copyright Law.

  During the past 25 years, China has made many modifications and improvements to its key intellectual property laws and regulations, including the Patent Law, the Trademark Law and the Copyright Law, and the adjusted law system has become more in line with international rules. After China joined the World Trade Organization, the government of China has further strengthened the protection of intellectual property rights in aspects such as legislation, law enforcement, judicial protection, publicity and international exchanges.

  (By People's Daily Online)

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