METI Exchanged Views with the Government of China on Intellectual Property Issues− The 8th Government-Private Sector Joint Mission to China for IP Protection (High-level Mission) Was Dispatched to Beijing−
The International Intellectual Property Protection Forum* and the Government of Japan dispatched the high-level [Eighth/8th] Government-Private-Sector Joint Mission to China for Intellectual Property (IP) Protection to Beijing, with the visit lasting from Sunday, September 9 to Tuesday, September 11, 2012.
The mission exchanged views with the Government of China on enhanced detection of violators of IP rights in regional areas, repeated violations by counterfeiters, inappropriate applications to register trademarks of Japanese companies, and other issues.
The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) has dispatched Mr. Yasuhiro Nakane, Parliamentary Vice Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry, and METI and the Government of China agreed to enhance cooperation to deal with IP issues, such as the Government of China’s positive attitude toward Japanese industry’s main concerns, implementation of cooperative projects addressing IP infringement on the Internet, patent examination, and other issues.
* International Intellectual Property Protection Forum: Japan’s largest cross-sector organization for addressing overseas counterfeiting and piracy issues; its membership currently consists of 248 Japanese institutions and companies.
A cross-sector group of companies and institutions from various sectors, all of which share the eagerness to address overseas counterfeiting and piracy issues, jointly established the International Intellectual Property Protection Forum (IIPPF) in April 2002, and subsequently launched measures to combat counterfeiting in countries where there are many counterfeiting products, such as China.
IIPPF and the Government of Japan have been encouraging the Government of China to enhance IP protection, such as the development of laws and the crackdown on violators, putting up slogans “cooperation” and “requirement (proposal)” since the dispatch of the mission to China started in 2002.
1) Mission members
Private sector representative: Mr. Toshiyuki Shiga, IIPPF Chair (Chief Operating Officer, Nissan Motor Co., Ltd.)
Other participants: About 40 persons in total
2) Agencies the mission visited
Education, Science, Culture and Health Committee of the National People's Congress, State Administration for Industry & Commerce, State Intellectual Property Office, Ministry of Commerce, National Copyright Administration (five agencies in total)
2. Results of the visit
Since this year is the 10th anniversary of launching of dispatch of the mission to China and establishment of IIPPF, Japan provided an opportunity to exchange views on IP between Japan and China, confirming cooperative ties as well as aiming at shifting to the next step and clarifying the possible approach to such next step.
The mission submitted proposals to the Government of China agencies on IP issues, such as enhanced detection of violators of IP rights in regional areas, repeated violations by counterfeiters, and inappropriate applications to register trademarks of Japanese companies. In response, the Government of China indicated that they would take positive actions to address these issues. (For details, see Appendix “Overview of the Results.”(PDF:48KB))
September 11, 2012
Division in Charge
Office for Intellectual Property Rights Infringement, Manufacturing Industries Bureau