Francis Gurry, director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), said China’s development in the intellectual property sector was faster than that of many other countries, which contributed to the world’s innovation cause.  Gurry’s remarks reflected China’s persistent efforts over the past three decades to protect intellectual property, said Tian Lipu, director of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).  Statistics of the SIPO showed the administration had processed more than 4 million patent applications and registered more than 3million trademarks as of the end of March last year, both ranking in the top list in the world.  The country had enhanced the protection of international trademarks in the past years, as more than 530,000 foreign trademarks from more than 130 countries or regions had been registered in China by 2008.  Source: Xinhua

BIIA Newsletter June 2009 Issue