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An Analysis of National Intellectual Property Strategy Implementation

2012-12-19

Lu Wei & Shen Hengchao

In the past three years since China promulgated the national intellectual property strategy, the country has scored marked progress in the field of intellectual property thanks to the unified leadership of the State Council and the concerted efforts made by relevant departments and regions. While the capacity for the creation, use, protection and management of intellectual property has expanded, public awareness on intellectual property has become higher. But China still needs to intensify efforts in various spheres of intellectual property, as intellectual property has just been incorporated into the work of various sectors, the scope of protection has been widened, and the implementation of the national intellectual property strategy has just begun. It is suggested that in the 12th Five-Year Plan period, intellectual property strategy implementation should emphasize the integration with industrial development, the improvement of systems and mechanisms, the updating of working methods and the creation of a fine environment.

I. Introduction

The National Intellectual Property Strategic Program (or the strategic program for short) was promulgated by the State Council in June 2008. Its promulgation and implementation has promoted the creation, use, protection and management of intellectual property and enhanced public awareness on intellectual property. As a result, intellectual property has played a growing role in economic, technological, cultural and social development. Over the past three years, China has expanded the capacity for the creation, use, protection and management of intellectual property, though in different degrees. Most of the preliminary goals for the first five years specified in the strategic program can be achieved within the scheduled time.

In general, the capacity enhancement is stronger in the creation of intellectual property than in the use of intellectual property, the quantitative growth of intellectual property is faster than the improvement of quality, the protection of intellectual property is more difficult than the management of intellectual property, and the implementation of policy measures is more emphasized than mechanism design and system reform.

II. Marked Results of Strategy Implementation

In the past three years, China has scored marked progress in the field of intellectual property thanks to the unified leadership of the State Council and the joint efforts made by relevant departments and regions. The quantity of all types of intellectual property has risen rapidly, their quality has somewhat improved. The status of enterprises as intellectual property owners has been consolidated, and intellectual property has played a tangible role in stimulating innovations. The legal system on intellectual property has been