Date
23 October 2017
Intellectual Property In China

The Big Picture: PIRACY BLACKLIST

China will launch a blacklist system to expose the cases and the entities and individuals that violate the nation’s intellectual property protection law, the State Council said in a statement Wednesday after a weekly meeting chaired by the Premier Li Keqiang {李克強}.

The cabinet called for stronger punishment for those who indulge in piracy and deal in counterfeit goods, and said that such crimes should also be monitored by the public. 

Setting up a blacklist system against piracy can help increase consumer confidence, push forward industry upgrade and encourage innovations, the State Council said in its statement posted on the government website. People or companies on the list may be refused bank loans. 

Those who made fake products and hurt people’s health and life must pay a high price and be seriously punished, the cabinet said. 

The call echoed comments made by leaders at the recent plenum of the Communist Party’s central committee. Observers, however, say that as the fake goods problem is too serious in China, especially in the food industry, it may take a very long time for authorities to improve the situation.

The central government needs to set up a huge monitoring system to track all the suppliers in the food industry in order to prevent anyone from using any toxic material during production, they said. 

Vice Premier Wang Yang {汪洋} had on Nov. 13 called for a stepped-up campaign against piracy and counterfeit goods. He ordered all municipal and county-level governments to stop using pirated office software by the end of the year. So far, 93 percent of municipal governments and 80 percent of county governments have replaced pirated software with original products, according to a report.

Xi urges talks on Sino-EU investment deal

President Xi Jinping said China and the European Union should strengthen cooperation in trade and investment as well as push forward negotiations on an investment agreement, Securities Times reported Wednesday. In a meeting with European Council President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso, Xi said China is against all kinds of protectionism and that it is striving for an open global economy. A bilateral investment agreement will be the first for the EU with a foreign country, the report noted.

Govt consolidates property registries

China has consolidated its disparate property registries under a single agency as part of a broader effort to control the property market and fight corruption, the South China Morning Post reported Thursday. In a meeting chaired by Premier Li Keqiang, the State Council decided to give the Ministry of Land and Resources overall authority over the registration of land, buildings, prairies, forests and coastal waters. The central government will set up a database to ease information-sharing on transactions, registrations and other administrative approvals across different departments.

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