BFA convened the Second IIPPC in Guangzhou

Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) convened the 2nd Innovation and Intellectual Property Protection Conference (IIPPC) in Guangzhou on July 20. Distinguished guests from China and abroad attended the conference, including Edmund Ho Hau-wah, Vice Chairman of the 14th National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Li Baodong, Secretary General of Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), Leong Vai Tac, Member of the Council of Advisors of BFA and Chairman, BFA Macao Committee for Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area Development, Kenichiro Natsume, Assistant Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Liu Hua, Director of WIPO Office in China, Shoichi Okuyama, President of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), Wang Zhicheng, Director General of Copyright Department of National Copyright Administration of China (NCAC), Lin Guanghai, President of the Civil Adjudication Tribunal No.3 (IPR Division) of the Supreme People’s Court of China, Zhang Zhicheng, Director of Intellectual Property Protection Department of China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA),  David FL Wong, Director of the Intellectual Property Department of the Hong Kong SAR Government, Zhang Xichun, Secretary of the CPC Committee of South China University of Technology (SCUT), OTA Yoshitaka, Director of the Intellectual Property Rights Department of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Beijing, Zheng Chaogen, President of Fanchakonggu, etc.

With the BFA as the host, the IIPPC is strongly supported by the WIPO China Office, the China Intellectual Property Society (CIPS), the SCUT and the Guangdong Knowledge Economy Development Promotion Association. Themed on “Stimulating Innovative Vitality and Promoting High-Quality Development”, the conference held a plenary, four sessions and other thematic activities, which attracted participants including leaders of domestic and foreign intellectual property authorities, research institutes, industry organizations, representatives of famous enterprises and officials from foreign consulates in Guangzhou, to attend the conference. Guests held in-depth discussions and reached broad consensus centering on topics including “Intellectual Property Supports High-Quality Development of Manufacturing Industry”, “Intellectual Property Layout and Trend of Future Industries”, “Intellectual Property Strategy Consideration in Capital Market” and “Branding Strategy and High-Quality Development of Enterprises and Regional Economy”.

Representatives were of the view that under the trend of innovation triggered by the new sci-tech and industrial revolutions, intellectual property is becoming increasingly prominent in the global value chain, and its role as a strategic resource for national development and a core element of international competitiveness has become more significant. With a multi-polarized innovation landscape around the globe and a smaller gap of regional innovation, the international intellectual property career and industry are furthering in a healthier trend, coincide with a fairer and more rational global governance system of intellectual property and a more balanced and effective innovation ecosystem of intellectual property.

Representatives noted that China and other Asian countries could continue to play a leading role in advancing the world’s innovative development and intellectual property protection. In recent years, with its rapid growth in sci-tech innovation, Asia has outperformed as a highland on researching innovation and intellectual property output in the world, and strongly boosted the world economy recovery in post-pandemic era. China actively participates in synergistic international intellectual property governance, exchange and cooperation, and offers its solutions to forming a more open, inclusive, balanced and beneficial order for the development of international intellectual property.

Representatives called on all stakeholders in intellectual property community to deepen exchanges and cooperation and jointly explore the immense potential of global innovation and sustainable development. They advocated more engagement in global intellectual property governance under the framework of WIPO to help stipulating and polishing the relevant rules and standards of international application, protection, utilization and trade of intellectual property, and bigger contribution to safeguarding the multilateral cooperation order of global intellectual property.