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China, EU experts discuss IP protection in Xiamen

(chinadaily.com.cn) Updated:2018-11-09

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Nearly 100 experts from China and European Union (EU) discuss intellectual property protection of e-commerce platforms in Xiamen, Fujian province on Nov 6. [Photo/xmnn.cn]

Nearly 100 experts from China and European Union (EU) discussed intellectual property protection of e-commerce platforms in Xiamen, Fujian province on Nov 6, five days prior to China's largest online shopping festival Double Eleven.

These participants shared their opinions on the supervision of e-commerce platforms, international cooperation on IP protection as well as the relations between IP protection and fair competition.

Ruben Schellingerhout, IP councillor of Delegation of the European Union to China, said that as the most important economies in the world, China and EU should work together to find the best solutions to IP protection.

Professor Lin Xiuqin, director of Xiamen University's Intellectual Property Institute, believed that the ultimate goal of IP protection is to promote competition and encourage innovations.

Lin said that the seminar will help both sides to further improve their IP policies.

In recent years, the supervision and auditing of e-commerce platforms in intellectual property have become a hot topic among economic and legal communities.

The courts in Xiamen have taken up more than 1,200 IP cases relevant to internet and e-commerce with an average annual increase of 13 percent over the past three years, according to Wang Chengquan, president of the Xiamen Intermediate People's Court.

In order to regulate increasingly more e-commerce platforms, China has launched its first e-commerce law on Aug 31, which will come into force from Jan 1, 2019.

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