CPPCC consultation meeting highlights GI protection

Updated: 2023-07-23 en.cppcc.gov.cn

The 14th National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) held its eighth biweekly consultation meeting in Beijing on July 21 with a theme of strengthening the protection of China's  geographic indications (GI). Wang Huning, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and chairman of the CPPCC National Committee, presided over the meeting. 

Wang said that it should be deeply understood that the country's undertakings of intellectual property rights (IPR) and GI have achieved significant progress in the new era. He noted that it is important to align thinking and actions with the decisions and plans of the CPC Central Committee, and contribute wisdom and strength to the work of GI and building China into a great IPR power. 

Wang urged investigations and research as well as proposals that focus on helping address underlying problems and weaknesses in the management, protection and usage of GI. He called for CPPCC members to make good use of their own professions and positions to explore and cultivate GI products, and promote the development of industries with local features. He also asked them to do a good job in telling the stories and cultural memories of the time-honored Chinese brands, and to help foster a sound social atmosphere that attaches importance to GI and IPR-related work. 

Attending CPPCC members called for further efforts to accelerate the legislation on GI, improve access systems, establish mechanisms on GI use and exit, curb infringement of GI, strengthen the development and protection of GI brands, and promote growth of specialty industries. 

They also agreed to promote international protection and cooperation in GI certification, and actively participate in international rulemaking to enhance the international influence of China's GI products.

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