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Sixth Meeting of the Japan-China Joint IP Working Group and Japan-China Joint Seminar on IPR Enforcement Held

On December 13, 2017, the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry(METI)held the Sixth Meeting of the Japan-China Joint IP Working Group(hereinafter referred to as the “IP WG”)in Beijing, China. This meeting is part of the efforts in accordance with the "Memorandum of Understanding on Exchanges and Cooperation for the Protection of Intellectual Property(IP)Rights" concluded in June 2009 between METI and the Minister of Commerce(MOFCOM), China, and was held for the first time since the Tokyo meeting in June 2016.
Taking this opportunity, in the afternoon of December 14, Japan and China held a Japan-China Joint Seminar on IPR Enforcement.

1. Outline of the IP WG

Under the co-chairmanship of Mr. Hiroshi Tsuchida, Deputy Director-General for Labor and Human Resources, METI, and Mr. Chen Fuli, Director of the Department of Treaty and Law, MOFCOM, the sixth meeting of the IP WG brought together officials and representatives from a broad range of governmental agencies of both sides, and participants proactively exchanged views concerning a variety of issues involving IP protection so as to address the current situation where problems involved in IP protection have been becoming complex and widespread as illustrated by the distribution of counterfeit and pirated products online.

Both sides confirmed the progress made in Japan and China since the previous meeting, in particular, the trends of IP-related legislation and future IP strategies, and exchanged views concerning a geographical indications system both in Japan and in China and cooperation in the field of trademarks. Following this, China delivered a debriefing on its recent efforts for crackdown on counterfeit and pirated products, and both sides shared awareness of the importance of measures for protecting IP rights from online infringement, in particular. Moreover, both sides agreed that Japan and China will continue to cooperate through their customs and police agencies in protecting IP as a countermeasure against international distribution of counterfeit products. Finally, they agreed to hold the next, seventh meeting of the IP WG in Japan in FY2018.

METI expects that the efforts of both sides for enriching reciprocal exchange and cooperation relationships between Japan and China in the IP field through convening of the IP WG meetings will contribute to further developing environments and collaboration for IP protection in both countries.

Participating organizations in Japan and China

Japanese side:
METI; Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, Cabinet Office; National Police Agency; National Tax Agency; Agency for Cultural Affairs; Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries(Observer: The Supreme Court of Japan)
Chinese side:
MOFCOM(Department of Treaty and Law, Department of Asian Affairs, and National Leading Group on Fight against IPR Infringement and Counterfeiting); Ministry of Public Security; Ministry of Agriculture; General Administration of Customs; State Administration for Industry & Commerce; Department of Inspection and Quarantines; National Copyright Administration(Observer: The China Council for the Promotion of International Trade)

2. Japan-China Joint Seminar on IPR Enforcement

In the afternoon of December 14, 2017, METI, the Japan External Trade Organization(JETRO)and MOFCOM jointly held a Japan-China Joint Seminar on IPR Enforcement in Beijing, bringing together representatives from administrative and legislative agencies in Japan and China as well as related associations. This seminar is part of the activities involving Japan-China cooperation in IP protection.

Release date

December 15, 2017

Division in Charge

Office for Intellectual Property Right Protection, Manufacturing Industries Bureau

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