Francis Gurry, Director General of World Intellectual Property Organization
On June 5, 2008, the State Council released the National Guideline on IPR Strategy (or “the Guideline”), aiming to improve the national capabilities in IPR creation, utilization, protection and administration, develop an innovative country and attain the goal of building a moderately prosperous society in an all-around manner. At the 10th anniversary of implementation of the Guideline, Francis Gurry, Director-General of World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) said during an interveiw that over the past decade, China has achieved remarkable progress in terms of IPR and continuously strengthened and expanded the international cooperation and communication.
Gurry said that over the past decade, as the national IPR strategy is carried out, China’s IPR legal system is gradually improving. China is dedicated to establishing a comprehensive IPR legal framework and an effective mechanism of IPR administrative and legal protection. The rising level of indigenous IPRs and the further growing of grants, in particular the focus on the quality of patented inventions, can be conducive to enhancing China’s capability of independent innovation and the construction of an innovative country. He said, “I think the process that China establishes the IPR system is quite remarkable. China attaches importance to the quality of patented inventions, including AI, robotics and renewable energy and other new technologies. It is critical to highlight quality, we also see the influence of Chinese technology on the world.”
Gurry also indicated that China sets up IPR courts and encourages exploration by research institutions and universities to improve the awareness of enterprises and the public about the IPR protection. It is also necessary to keep simultaneous development of theory and application.