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Prosperity seen with B&R intellectual property efforts


Updated: 2019-11-07

China will strengthen communication and enhance cooperation with Belt & Road countries to jointly promote an intellectual property system, develop intellectual property rights, and increase economic prosperity.

Gan Shaoning, deputy commissioner of the National Intellectual Property Administration, made the comment at the International Symposium on Intellectual Property Awareness for Belt & Road Countries in Zhuhai on Nov 5 and 6.

Gan said the Chinese government attaches great importance to improving intellectual property awareness and protection and has made great headway in those regards. He foresees increased economic prosperity through enhanced exchanges and cooperation between B&R countries.


Opening ceremony (Gan Shaoning, center, Zhuhai Deputy Mayor Yan Wu, far right) [Photo courtesy WeChat account: NIPAPRC]

More than 150 representatives from government offices, the news media, universities, and professional institutes along the Belt & Road suggested ways to increase international awareness concerning intellectual property.

Other attendees included Phork Sovanrith, secretary of state of the Cambodian Ministry of Industry & Handicrafts; Vladimir Marić, director of the Serbian Intellectual Property Office; and Josip Merdzo, director of the Institute for Intellectual Property of Bosnia-Herzegovina. World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) delegates and other officials from Russia, Poland, Hungary, and Singapore also took part.

In addition to the National Intellectual Property Administration, they were joined by Chinese representatives from the National Copyright Administration, and Guangdong Province.

The event was handled by the Department of Market Regulation (Intellectual Property) of Guangdong Province and Zhuhai Municipal People's Government under the auspices of the WIPO and National Intellectual Property Administration. 

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