China’s ministries state IPR protection will not discriminate against foreign enterprises

At the International Intellectual Property Business 2018 Forum held in Beijing on September 18th, 2018, officials from several major ministries and government agencies of China made collective statements to stress that China provides equal IPR protection to all enterprises in China and does not discriminate against foreign companies.

Wang Shengli, Deputy Head of the Law Enforcement Inspection Bureau of the State Administration of Market Regulation (SAMR) of China, said that strict IPR protection and tight crackdown on IPR infringement and counterfeiting is a constant and explicit attitude adopted by China. In practice, China has always adhered to the principle of compliance with the international practice and has always treated both the domestic and the foreign enterprises equally. "It does not discriminate against foreign companies or IPR rights holders in China."

"Equal protection of the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese and foreign enterprises is a consistent position held by the Chinese public security organs," said Zhang Jingli, Deputy Head of the Economic Crime Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, stressing that regardless of Chinese or foreign capital, state-owned or private enterprises, the Chinese public security organs "extend equal treatment to all".

Zhang Zhicheng, Director General of the IPR Protection and Coordination Department of the National Intellectual Property Administration of China, said that in the future, the communication and dialogue mechanism will be further improved with small and medium-sized enterprises, private enterprises and foreign enterprises, to promote equal treatment and protection of all market entities and create a better business environment.

The determination and achievements of China in IPR protection are acknowledged by a number of officials of international organizations present at the meeting.

Mahao, President of the AIPPI, said that the Chinese government has continued to implement the national intellectual property strategy over the past years. "Great progress" has been made in IPR protection and the business environment has been significantly improved.

According to official data, overseas IPR loyalties paid by China has increased by an average of 17% since 2001, reaching $ 28.6 billion in 2017. In 2017, China filed 1.382 million invention patent applications, ranking first in the world for seven consecutive years. Nearly 10% of the applicants were foreign entities and individuals. According to statistics from the Chinese side, in 2017, Japanese and US applicants got 31,094 and 23,679 Chinese invention patent grants respectively, ranking the first and second in terms of patent grants obtained by global enterprises in China. Qualcomm became the foreign company obtaining the most patents in China in 2017.