Belt & Road countries to plan IP cooperation

Belt & Road countries to plan IP cooperation


Top representatives from countries involved in the Belt and Road Initiative will attend a high-level intellectual property conference in Beijing on Tuesday and Wednesday, to enhance multilateral cooperation and seek solutions for current challenges, local officials said.
"Most of the B&R countries are developing countries or countries in the transitional stage, which have great demand for the innovative development of their economies by making use of IP," said He Zhimin, deputy commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration, the new name of the former State Intellectual Property Office, at a recent news conference.
"Many of the countries have a long history and rich resources in relics and traditional knowledge. However, the awareness of IP among the public and its applications are still limited," he said.
New technologies, such as the internet and artificial intelligence, have posed new challenges for IP protection, so cooperation is essential in patents, trademarks, industrial designs and geographical indication trademarks, he added.

Source: China Daily

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