The domestic GI industry valued more than a trillion yuan becomes an important booster for agricultural development and rural people’s better life

According to the recent thematic session about “GI protection boosts regional economic development” under the High-Level Forum on China IP Protection, during the NPC and CPPCC this year, Shen Changyu, Head of National Intellectual Property Administration of China (CNIPA) said that currently, China’s GI-related industry values over one trillion yuan and arises as one of main path for many local areas to develop the regional specialty economy and launch precise poverty alleviation. It is required to work well on GI of origin and spur the development of regional specialty economy.

Yu Libiao, Executive Deputy GM of the National IP Operation Public Service Platform (SIPOP), said that China’s agriculture has entered a new age of brand-based development, a key way for GI products to rebuild their quality and image and also an inevitable path for agriculture to achieve supply-side reform and spur high-quality development.

Wang Chen, Head of GI and Official Logo Protection Section of IPR Protection Department under CNIPA, said that since China joined in the Paris Convention in 1985, China has undertaken the obligation to protect the GI and Appellation of Origin of member states. In 2008, China publicized the Outline of the National Intellectual Property Strategy to include the GI into the specific field of IP, highlight the improvement of GI protection system and promote the GI protection and utilization. Article 123 of the General Provisions of the Civil Law of the People's Republic of China stipulates that the civil subjects should be entitled to IPRs according to law, which lays a good institutional foundation for the overall efforts to enhance GI protection. As Wang indicated, in the future, CNIPA will study the feasibility of administrative legislation about GI protection to improve its administrative legislative level; formulate the examination guideline and work guidance about GI to unify the handling channel, examination standard, public announcement, use of special logos and protection regulation; improve the standardization system on GI protection, make criteria on determination of GI infringement to enhance GI protection and its working system and to promote the normalized strict protection of GIs.