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70 Chinese patent application filed for China first deep-sea manned submarine Dragon

China has independently developed the first deep-sea manned submarine "dragon", which scope of work can cover 99.8% of global ocean water body. As of now, more than 70 domestic patent applications were filed, 45 of which have been granted.


China Skyrockets to Top 30 in Global Innovation Index

European Institute of Business Administration (INSEAD) and the World Intellectual Property Organization(WIPO)jointly issued the inaugural Global Innovation Index 2011(GII) on June 30. China leapfrogged 14 positions to make its top 30 debut.

According to the index, Switzerland tops this year's GII ranking, with Sweden and Singapore followed in the tow at the 2nd and the 3rd. China sprints to the 29th position from only 43th in 2010, making it a lone developing country in the top 30 ranking.

According to Professor Dutta, the project leader of the GII, the developing nations showed a high efficiency in their economies to innovate and were moving up the tables as their economies develop. Though developed economies dominate top 20, not a small number of developing countries secure positions in the 20th to 50th neighborhood.

WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said, innovation is a key factor in higher quality economic growth and job creation, and remains essential elements of competitiveness in the countries and regions, industries, enterprises.

(China IP News)

New record set for software filings

The China Copyright Protection Center announced on July 12 that software copyright registrations exceeded 44,000 in the first half of the year, setting a new record. 
Beijing led the nation, followed by Guangdong province, Shanghai, Zhejiang province and Jiangsu province. Registrations from the five areas accounted for 70 percent of the total. 
The largest number of copyright registrations was in cloud computing software. 

(People's Daily) 

Crackdown: Goods worth $2b seized

During the nationwide crackdown on intellectual property infringement that began last October, police forces across China solved 15,868 cases and raided 12,854 illegal production sites, Jiang Zengwei, a spokesman of the Ministry of Commerce, said at a press conference held on July 12. 
Goods worth over 13 billion yuan ($2 billion) were seized and more than 5,000 suspects were arrested. 
"The Chinese government made unprecedented effort and achievements in the campaign," Jiang said. 
Food, auto components and software were among the sectors most damaged by infringement. 


China to Establish a Long-term Mechanism for IPR Enforcement Campaign

In a bid to follow the instructions of the CPC Central Committee and the State Council, apply more effective measures in the special campaign against infringement and counterfeit goods, and create a sound environment for creation and innovation, SIPO formulated a decision on stepping up patent administrative enforcement on June 27.

The decision comprises 3 parts, namely infrastructure building, mechanism building and capacity building, and lays out 18 specific measures for developing laws and regulations on patent protection, strengthening patent administrative enforcement.

The decision also requires establishing a processing and inspection system for patent enforcement, building a social evaluation and inspection system for IPR protection, and high-level and vital IPR assistance and service mechanism. It also urges to develop a rewarding system for IPR complaints and accelerate construction of IPR right enforcement assistance platform.

(China IP News)


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