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SIPO stands strong on intellectual property
The Chinese government remains staunch in its commitment to protect intellectual property, said Tian Lipu, commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office.
"Valuing and protecting intellectual property is our government's consistent policy," Tian said.
Tian said intellectual property protection is essential as China modernizes and strives to become an innovation-driven nation that is integrated with the world.
"Without IP protection, technological innovation in the country would be slowed and so would economic growth," he noted.
China has seen a marked surge in patent filings over the past decade, especially after the State Council released a national intellectual property strategy in 2008.
The number of applications filed to SIPO for invention patents, a major index of innovation, totaled more than 423,000 in the first three quarters of this year, more than 79 percent of which were from domestic applicants.
The bulk of domestic patents were related to new materials, metallurgy, medicine, telecommunications and computer technologies, according to SIPO statistics.
China received more than 526,000 invention patent applications in 2011, surpassing the United States to rank first in the world.