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Beijing reveals intellectual property plan

BEIJING -- A joint office of 28 Chinese government ministries and administrations has unveiled a plan to implement the nation's new intellectual property (IP) strategy this year.

The plan released on April 10 includes 90 detailed measures to fulfill eight tasks including improving the quality of intellectual property, using IP to promote the development of burgeoning industries and further develop the IP service industry, and fostering an IP culture.

Huang Qing, director of the protection and coordination department at the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), said at a press conference that authorities will improve the invention evaluation and awards systems to encourage an increase in the quality, instead of the quantity, of overall intellectual property.

The Ministry of Finance will take measures to support innovation in a number of "key emerging industries of strategic importance" such as new plant species and new materials made from rare earths.

The plan calls for about 30 industry associations to be founded this year to boost those emerging industries.

Some IP-related laws covering trademarks, copyrights and patents are being revised to better protect IP rights, according to the plan.

Recently released draft revisions to the nation's copyright law would permit recorded works to be sold and licensed by collective management groups without authorization from composers three months after the work is first published.

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