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China to Subsidize International Patent Application

21st Century Business Herald, 4/18/08

On April 17, the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC), and the Trademark Bureau of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC) held a joint press conference announcing intellectual property protection statistics for 2007. SIPO spokesperson Yin Xintian revealed that during 2007, the Chinese government confiscated almost 75.7 mln infringing products and brought 2684 criminal IPR infringement cases in courts across the country. Starting this year, the SIPO plans to move from "drafting policy" to "enforcement." The government will establish a dedicated fund to aid domestic companies in applying for international patents; details on the size and model of the fund will be released in the near future.

Keywords: Yin Xintian law litigation hardware software copyright Internet IPR infringement National Copyright Administration patent policy SAIC SIPO statistics trademark

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