The conference celebrated the
30th anniversary of bilateral cooperation between SIPO and the EPO
and attracted over 140 Chinese and European experts from industry, government
"The close cooperation
between the patent offices of Europe and China has been instrumental in developing a modern and efficient
intellectual property system in China, which greatly benefits innovating businesses in both
regions," said EPO President Benoît Battistelli in a press release.
property in China is developing at a fast pace. Filings from Chinese
companies at the EPO increased
tenfold over the past decade and growth continues to be strong, Battistelli told China Daily. Following the US, Japan, and Germany, China is the
fourth largest overseas filer to the EPO, with approximately 26,000 patent
applications in 2014.
For Chinese companies filing
at the EPO, the busiest areas were digital communications, computer technology
and telecommunications. In digital communications, Chinese accounted for approximately
one third of total filings worldwide. Meanwhile, filings from EU member states mainly
focused on electrical machinery, apparatus, energy, medical technology, and
Telecommunication giants Huawei and ZTE are among the top 10 filers in Europe, with 1,600 and 476 patent
applications respectively. Most of the other standout Chinese filers also come
from the technology sector, including BOE Technology, China Academy of
Telecommunications Technology, Baidu, Chinese Academy of Sciences and Xiaomi.
fully reflects that technology is a major driving force to China’s economy development
and China has taken great efforts to encourage domestic innovation, Battistelli told China Daily.
– a global issue
China is seeking to transition to an innovation-based economy
from one focused on manufacturing. As the legitimate tool to secure one’s
innovation achievement, intellectual property is a crucial role in the shift.
The importance of IP is gaining serious attention by China
government in recent years. Lately, China took a great leap forward in IP development
by opening three specialised IP courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou,
which is regarded as a
boon for multinationals.
Commissioner Shen Changyu noted the importance of promoting and protecting
innovation in a global scope. “The SIPO and the EPO will engage in deeper and
more extensive co-operation to jointly promote innovation,” he said in a press
release. “I am convinced that this will make an even greater contribution to
the development of economies, technologies and cultures in China and Europe.
It will also strengthen the development of
global intellectual property and bring more benefits to innovators