China aims to boost its competitiveness in intellectual property rights

China aims to improve its competitiveness in the area of intellectual property rights (IPR) under a central government blueprint for 2021 to 2035.

The blueprint, titled “Guidelines for Building a Powerful Country with Intellectual Property Rights,” was released by the central government last week.

According to the blueprint, by 2025, China aims to make “patent-intensive industries” account for 13 percent of its GDP. And the number of “high-value” patents for every 10,000 people should double from 6.3 to 12. By 2035, the country’s competitiveness in IPR should be “among the top in the world.”

At a press briefing held in Beijing on Thursday, Shen Changyu, commissioner of the National Intellectual Property Administration, said the blueprint will guide China to implement the innovation-driven development strategy with greater efforts.

In particular, the country will strengthen IPR protection to create an innovative environment, boost scientific and technological cooperation and promote the breakthroughs in key technologies, he said.

Legal efforts are a highlight of the plan.

“We’ll speed up legislation to protect intellectual property in new industries, such as big data, artificial intelligence and genetic technology,” Shen said.

Lin Guanghai, president of Civil Adjudication Tribunal No. 3 (IPR Division) of the Supreme People’s Court, said the court will firmly hold the concept that protecting IPR is protecting innovation.

“We’ll equally protect the legitimate rights of domestic and foreign market entities to build an open, fair, justified and unbiased environment for scientific and technological development,” he said.

The country also vows to actively participate in global governance of IPR. Efforts will include pushing forward bilateral and multilateral IPR negotiations in trade, encouraging foreign organizations to provide IPR services in China, and promoting Chinese brands globally.