Decision of the State Council of the PRC on Futher Strengthening the Work of Intellectual Property Protection

The protection of intellectual property is a component part of the policy of reform and openness of China and an important system for promoting the prosperity and development of scientific, technological and cultural undertaking and ensuring the normal operation of the socialist market economy. In order to adapt to the international trend of integration of science, technology and economy and to the objective requirement for the early restoration of China's status as contracting State of GATT, China has in recent years speeded up its intellectual property legislation and successively promulgated such laws as the Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China, the Patent Law of the People's Republic of China, the Law of the People's Republic of China on Technology Contracts, the Copyright Law of the People's Republic of China and the Law of the People's Republic of China for Countering Unfair Competition, which have begun to link up with international standards and have played a positive role in promoting reform and openness as well as the construction of modernization in China. As it is only recently that China has established its intellectual property system, and the sense of intellectual property of society as a whole is still rather hazy, there is still lacking, in certain regions and departments, a sufficient understanding of the importance of protecting intellectual property. A number of aggravated acts of infringement have not only damaged the lawful rights and interests of intellectual property right owners but also the dignity of law. In order to strengthen conscientiously the work of intellectual property protection and ensure the enforcement of the laws, the following decision is made.

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Document type: China IP Law
Categories: General IP Protection and Enforcement
Tags: IP Systems
Making body: State Council (SC)
Law Type: administrative regulations
Effective Start Date: 05 Jul 1994
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