Bill Zhang

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

China commited to pushing foward IPR protection

China has actively pushed forward intellectual property protection in a responsible way and deal with IPR disputes with relevant parties in a cooperative manner, said China's Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.

The Chinese government is moving on a range of IPR steps and requires computer producers to pre-install legal software programs, said Deputy Minister of Commerce Jiang Zengwei, who is also director of the State Office of Intellectual Property Protection.

Local governments and departments in 330 cities nationwide have purchased and installed legal software programs, and 123 district and county governments are dealing with the installation of legal software programs, the official said.

The State Administration for Industry and Commerce issued a circular in February demanding rectification of the wholesale and retail markets in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and Zhejiang provinces to crash down on fake goods.

Jiang said China has strictly abided by the WTO obligations in terms of IPR protection and deal with IPR disputes with the United States, the EU and Japan in a cooperative way.