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China signs memorandum of understanding with WIPO

Intellectual Property Rights protection is fundamental for a knowledge-based economy and as a safeguard for innovation. On Dec 1 in Shanghai, the China National Copyright Administration signed a memorandum of understanding with the World Intellectual Property Organization.

The memorandum — signed by Administration Vice Minister, Yan Xiaohong, and WIPO Director General Francis Gurry — aims to further strengthen cooperation. Copyright protection is regarded as a high priority for China as the country undergoes economic transformation — from a labor-intensive model of “Made-in-China”, to an innovation-driven idea of “Created-in-China”.

Under the new memorandum, China will broaden international communication and cooperation and take more responsibility for protection. Staff training will also be an important aspect of the efforts.