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IPR rules to help developing world

A balanced and effective intellectual property rights system must take account of the interests of developing countries, Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan said yesterday in Beijing.

Wang was talking at the opening ceremony of a high-level inter-regional intellectual property forum of the World Intellectual Property Organization.

He said strengthening IPR innovation, usage, protection and management, as well as promoting a balanced and effective IPR system has become a major topic of international concern.

"To achieve this goal, we should deepen our understanding of the IPR system, set innovation encouragement and promoting development as the goal of the system, respect uniqueness of each country and comprehensively consider the interests of each nation, especially developing nations," Wang said.

"We should enhance dialogue, cooperation and consensus on the basis of equality of mutual benefits so as to jointly create a favorable environment for innovation, technological collaboration and trade."

China has made significant achievements in the field of intellectual property since its first policy was adopted in 1978. To achieve the goal of creating an innovative nation, the government would continue to implement the IPR strategy and strengthen enforcement of laws and regulations on IPR, he said.

"The Chinese government's position on protecting IPR is consistent," Wang said. "It is not only our promise to the international community, but also our own need to develop innovation and change development structure."

WIPO director-general Francis Gurry, who also attended the forum, urged advanced countries to provide developing nations with more assistance on innovative technology transfer.

"Generally speaking, in technology transfer, the less developed countries are, the more assistance in technology deployment they need," Gurry said.

He urged developed nations to "create technologies, make them available, and also provide assistance in the deployment (of technology) in developing countries."

"It is important to achieve a balance between technology innovation and diffusion," Gurry said.


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