Cracking Down on Counterfeiting

After a State Council meeting yesterday, it was announced that a national office will be established to oversee the ongoing campaign against the counterfeiting of goods. Xinhua reports:

A national office will be established to facilitate China’s efforts to crack down on infringement of intellectual property rights (IPR) and counterfeit products, the State Council, or the Cabinet, said Wednesday.

China faces an arduous task in fighting IPR infringement as well as the production and sale of fake products, therefore, greater administrative and law enforcement efforts are needed, according to a statement issued after a State Council executive meeting.

Presided over by Premier Wen Jiabao, the meeting highlighted demand for stricter supervision over manufacturers and inspection over the market of food, medicine, cosmetics, agricultural materials, construction materials, machinery and electronics, and auto parts.

An article from Reuters outlines the progress that has been made since a major campaign against counterfeit goods and IPR infringement began last year:

The government in July pointed to statistics that showed it had made considerable progress in its crackdown on pirated goods, but such products remain widely available, both on street stalls and in brick-and-mortar stores.

Also on Wednesday, the Copyright Protection Center of China said it had deleted more than 400,000 Internet links to illegally copied audio and video content since June 2010.

From October 2010, when a major crackdown began, and June this year, Chinese authorities seized more than 13 million illegal audio, video and print items, Xinhua quoted the General Administration of Press and Publication as saying.


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