China's Intellectual Property Education Goes Step Forward
    2009-11-27 15:53:13     CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Liu Bing
The highest of its kind, the Intellectual Property Academy of Renmin University was founded in Beijing on Nov. 26. Based on the Intellectual Property Teaching & Research Center of Renmin University, the founding of the academy is believed to be a step forward for Chinese intellectual property education.
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The highest of its kind, the Intellectual Property Academy of Renmin University was founded in Beijing on Nov. 26. Based on the Intellectual Property Teaching & Research Center of Renmin University, the founding of the academy is believed to be a step forward for Chinese intellectual property education.

"The establishment of the Intellectual Property Academy is an event of great significance to the intellectual property community in China and abroad, in particular to Renmin university of China, which is well-known for its pioneering role in intellectual property (IP) teaching and researching as well as its academically acclaimed reputation and contribution of the social development of China." Mr. Francis Gurry, director general of World Intellectual Property Organization highly remarked.

The evolution of technology, the economy and global society in recent years has raised a number of challenges on issues concerning IP. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao once said, the core competition in the future, is the competition of IP.

Back in 1981, few people knew what IP was in China, including the principal of Renmin University, Ji Baocheng. But after Liu Chuntian, the newly appointed director of the IP Academy, spent hours talking with him, Ji Baocheng agreed to set up the Intellectual Property Teaching & Research Center in Renmin University.

Since then, Renmin University started to enroll postgraduate students in IP under the Civil Law major.

Under the support of the Ministry of Education, and over twenty years effort, Intellectual Property Teaching & Research Center had become the most integrated IP higher education institute and working base including supervision on students in Post-Doctoral, PhD, MPHIL, LLM, and Minor courses.

Meanwhile, three decades ago, a modern IP system emerged in China with the implementation of reform and opening-up. China promulgated the Trade­mark Law in 1982, the Patent Law in 1984 and the Copy­right Law in 1990. Over the past 20 years, China also enacted laws to pro­tect geo­graphical indications, trade secrets, new plant vari­eties and lay­out designs of inte­ grated cir­cuits.

With the development of China's technology and economic globalization, China has intensi­fied IPR protection since 2004. Last year, the government unveiled its Out­line of National Intellectual Property Rights Strategy, aimed at promoting innovation and the use of new technologies by China's industries.

At present, there are 2 post-Doctoral, 41 PhD students, 43 MPHIL students, 25 LLM students, 50 students studying IP law as their Minor and 5 foreign students in Intellectual Property Academy of Renmin University. The graduates are very active in IP-related legislation, jurisdiction, administrative enforcement, litigation, business management and academic research areas. Many of these students have grown as backbones in their own fields.
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