The 33rd Meeting of the China-France Mixed Committee on Intellectual Property Rights was held in Beijing on April 6 with the attendance of Shen Changyu, Commissioner of the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA) and Pascal Faure, Director General of the National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI) of France.
Shen said that China and France are both major world economies with extensive common interests in IP and other fields. In recent years, both sides have promoted efficient and practical cooperation and made marked achievements in patents, trademarks and geographical indications. During French President Emmanuel Macron’s visit to China, the CNIPA and the INPI would sign a memorandum of cooperation for the Patent prosecution highway (PPH) pilot program witnessed by the two leaders, which would be another landmark achievement in IP of the two countries. The CNIPA is willing to work with the INPI to implement the consensus reached by the leaders of China and France, further deepen the development of bilateral IP cooperation, and provide more efficient and convenient services to both innovators.
Faure appreciated what China had achieved in IP. He said that France has rich experience in IP legislation, trademark and patent examination. The conclusion of the memorandum is significant for our two offices to deepen the IP cooperation. The INPI would like to take advantage of the signing of the memorandum to further strengthen friendly exchanges with the CNIPA and enhance communication particularly in IP legislation and protection of geographical indications to elevate bilateral cooperation to a new level.
CNIPA principals responsible for the International Cooperation Department, and Department of Treaty and Law also attended the meeting.