BEIJING, March 29 (Xinhua) -- Chinese senior
officials including Vice Premier Wu Yi and Minister of Commerce Bo Xilai have
told visiting U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos Gutierrez that China is
enhancing intellectual property rights (IPR) protection and such effort will
"China is urging all government departments and
state-owned enterprises to use authentic software and PC manufacturers to
install authorized operation systems," Bo said when holding talks with his U.S.
In addition to the fight against software piracy,
China has also cracked down on pirated discs and enhanced IPR protection in
other areas, Bo said.
Figures from the Chinese government show that 223
underground production lines have been seized since 1996. Informants are usually
rewarded with 150,000 yuan to 300,000 yuan when an illegal production line is
seized by the Chinese government.
On March 1, 2006, a new regulation on IPR protection
at exhibitions came into effect.
According to the regulation, an office should be set
up by exhibition organizers to handle complaints about IPR infringement if an
exhibition is longer than three days. Those exhibition organizers and
participants infringing on IPR may be prohibited from holding or joining
Bo expressed his wish that the United States would
fully realize China's effort and achievement in this regard, saying IPR
infringement is a global problem that exists in both China and the United
States, and that the two countries should step up exchanges and cooperation in
fighting against such infringement.
Figures show China's police arrested 2,119 suspects
for IPR violations in 2005, an increase of 56 percent from a year before.
The money involved in last year's IPR cases topped
1,28 billion yuan, surging 366 percent from the previous year, according to the
Ministry of Public Security.
Lenovo, one of China's largest computer makers, plans
to spend 10 billion yuan this year to purchase operating systems from Microsoft
in the U.S..
"Independent innovation is the soul of the
development of science and technology and the inexhaustible power for the
development of a nation. No IPR protection, no independent innovation," said Wu
Yi, also head of the State IPR Protection Working Group.
To arouse the society to protect IPR, China is to set
up reporting centers in 50 major cities across the country. Enditem