U.S. ambassador praises Shenzhen's IPR effort
2010-June-23 Source: Szdaily web edition
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U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman Jr. addressed an assembly of law students at Beijing University's Shenzhen Graduate School yesterday (June 22) in an effort to advocate better IPR protection in China.

"In many ways, Shenzhen is leading the way in the promotion of respect for and protection of intellectual property rights [IPR] in China," Huntsman told the students, who study both Chinese law and American law at the school.

In September, Shenzhen created the Market Supervision Administration (MSA) which brings under one roof authority over issues involving patents, trademarks and copyrights. The MSA also issued a guideline to small- and medium-sized enterprises on how to protect their IPR, the first document of its kind issued by a Chinese government authority.

Huntsman applauded Shenzhen-based Huawei Technologies, which ranked second last year in terms of patents filed under the World Intellectual Property Organization patent cooperation treaty. He added that companies like ZTE Corp. and BYD Auto are "shining examples of China's quest to move up the value chain."

Huntsman yesterday also visited Shenzhen Institute of Building Research, which researches green buildings, and the Asia-Pacific headquarters of a U.S. sensor manufacturer Measurement Specialties (China) Ltd.

"President Obama and President Hu both identified clean energy and all the areas around clean energy, including transportation, green building codes and carbon capture for power plants as an area of priority," Huntsman told the Shenzhen Daily yesterday. "The China Clean Energy Research Center that Presidents Obama and Hu announced in November during Obama’s visit to China is an especially good example of that linkage."

Huntsman said of the research center: "This is a priority for the [U.S.] Embassy, for the United States because there's so much potential to create jobs in America and enormous opportunity for China as the whole world is waiting for new solutions in cleaning up their cities and towns."

The ambassador is to attend a meeting on intellectual property rights (IPR) in the city today, discussing with local, national and international businesspeople how to improve IPR protection.

(By Cao Zhen)

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