Dr. Hans Dieter Schweisgut, Ambassador of the European Union to China
"European businesses see big opportunity in Guangdong, but they also see challenges and obstacles. I think the big concern is always IPR (Intellectual Property Rights)." Dr. Hans Dieter Schweisgut, Ambassador of the European Union to China told Newsgd.com after he delivered a keynote speech in a special event of the celebration of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the EU and China.
"It's not just about legislation, it's about implementation. We know there is IPR court in Guangzhou, also in Shanghai and BJ. That's a very good sign. But still the reputation of Guangdong is not so good," He said, "If Guangdong wants to keep its image as an attractive destination, and it also needs to improve this when we move to next stage of economic ladder. Otherwise, companies will probably look for other opportunities."
Crackdown of the IPR infringement
According to Guangdong Intellectual Property Rights Protection in 2014, the administrative law enforcement departments against infringement and counterfeiting at all levels in the province combined daily law enforcement with special operations closely. In 2014, more than 20,000 cases were investigated, involving 474 million yuan (roughly 76.45 million USD); including 1,562 cases transferred to judicial authorities, involving a worth of 365 million yuan (roughly 56.15 million USD).
In terms of the Judicial protection of intellectual property, the report also mentioned the courts in Guangdong concluded a batch of new, complicated and typical cases with high social awareness, like French SEB v. Qifeng infringement on patent invention right disputes of second instance.
Mr. Jörg Wuttke, President of European Union Chamber of Commerce in China talked about how European company sees China's IPR situation at a media round table meeting on May 21.
Worries of European companies
"Basically the awareness is there, and there's a great build up of law and legislation which in most case is very good. My members constantly complain about the implementation of laws, the interconnection between the police, courts, and the government in order to tackle that problem." Mr. Jörg Wuttke, President of European Union Chamber of Commerce in China talked about how European company sees China's IPR situation at a media round table meeting on May 21.
"It has to be a systemic way of how to tackle that." He said.
With the pressure of economy slowdown, China focuses on industry transition this year. According to the Zhu Xiaodan, Governor of Guangdong Provincial People's Government, implementing the innovation-driven development strategy is seen as the most important way to restructure Guangdong to be an innovation base instead of "world factory".
Mr Wuttke said "For European business, half of our members, China is more than 10% of their global business. The success of China matter to us, frankly because there's no second China waiting anywhere. So if China cannot go through this transition successfully, all of us take a hit."