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Han Zheng: IP Strategy to Run throughout Building of Science & Technology Innovation Center


    Han Zheng, secretary of the CPC Shanghai Municipal Committee, met with Francis Gurry, director-general of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and his party.

    He said that innovation is an important strategic resource and IP protection creates a cornerstone for innovation. China is in an era of achievements emerging in large numbers, and innovation is particularly important for Shanghai. Shanghai is exerting genuine efforts to, through a change of motive powers for development, make innovation the main driving force for future growth. Without IP protection, there will be no sustained innovation, nor a future for Shanghai. Shanghai is stepping up the building of a science & technology innovation center with a global reach and its IP strategy will be applied throughout its building. To strengthen IP work, we will improve laws and regulations and reform systems and mechanisms and, more important, let IP protection sense strike root in the hearts of the people. We appreciate the WIPO’s help and would like to have more insights from it and closer cooperation with it.

    Francis Gurry praised the cooperation between the WIPO and Shanghai as being very successful. Shanghai has made inspiring progress in IP, particularly the admirable achievements of Shanghai Intellectual Property Court since its establishment. At present, countries and regions in the world have all fully realized the importance of innovation and found that it is indispensable either in economic development or in improving the well-being of the people, and it is favorable for IP protection. Cities elsewhere in the world can learn from Shanghai’s example in innovation.