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2011年天津市知识产权保护状况
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  2011年天津市知识产权保护状况白皮书

  天津市知识产权战略领导小组办公室

  (二○一二年四月)

  2011年是“十二五”规划的开局之年,天津市知识产权保护工作按照胡锦涛总书记对天津工作提出的一系列重要指示要求,深入贯彻科学发展观,认真落实市委市政府总体部署,进一步实施知识产权战略,在全市知识产权保护制度建设,打击侵犯知识产权和制售假冒伪劣商品专项行动,行政保护与司法保护,探索建立知识产权保护长效机制,营造知识产权保护法制环境等诸多方面取得了突出成效,为加快经济发展方式转变、加快滨海新区开发开放、加快创新型城市建设,提供了坚强有力的保障。

  一、知识产权政策法规体系建设取得新进展

  市委、市政府高度重视知识产权保护。2011年11月,中国共产党天津市第九届委员会第十一次全体会议通过了《中共天津市委关于贯彻落实〈中共中央关于深化文化体制改革推动社会主义文化大发展大繁荣若干重大问题的决定〉的意见》。《意见》指出,要加强知识产权保护,维护著作权人合法权益。
市政府发布实施《天津市知识产权“十二五”规划》,成为全国唯一一个省市级重点知识产权规划。《天津市商标发展三年规划(2010—2012)》稳步推进。《天津市专利促进与保护条例》自4月1日起正式颁布施行,实现本市知识产权地方立法“零”突破。《条例》将知识产权战略纲要的关键内容上升到地方立法予以保障,系统地规范了专利创造、运用、保护、管理以及法律责任和保障措施等各个环节,具有突出的天津特色。发布了《2011年天津市名牌产品申请标准》和《天津市实施名牌战略“十二五”规划及天津市名牌产品培育指导目录(2011—2015年)》。制定了《天津市文化产业示范园区评选管理办法》,命名表彰了第二批天津市文化产业示范基地。制定发布的《加强知识产权司法保护促进经济发展方式加快转变的实施意见》,明确采取九项措施为加快转变经济发展方式提供有力司法保障和支持。加强知识产权审判指导工作,先后制定了信息网络传播权保护、商业秘密保护、专利商标案件法律适用等审判业务指导意见,促进了知识产权审判的规范化。

  二、依法行政,加大执法保护力度

  2011年全市以打击侵犯知识产权和制售假冒伪劣商品专项行动(以下简称“双打”行动)为契机,不断推进执法深入开展,市商务委、市知识产权局会同工商、版权、质监等部门组成“双打”领导小组办公室,深入开展全市“双打”行动,共出动执法人员12万余人次,开展各类专项检查万余次,立案查处各类违法案件1637件,涉案总金额17.82亿元,捣毁窝点457个,罚没物品30多万件,市场环境不断净化,开创全市知识产权执法保护新局面。

  (一)专利行政执法工作不断加强。

  1、广泛开展执法行动。

  组织4.26—5.26集中执法月等多次执法行动,双打期间开展集中整治行动23次,市区两级专利行政执法人员出动523人次、检查各类商业场所341个、检查带有专利标记的商品20.7万件。在全市开展“迎双节,打击假冒专利,保护专利商品”知识产权保护专项行动,行动以巩固“双打”成果,促进创新发展为重点,打击侵权、假冒专利行为和专利诈骗行为,规范全市市场经济秩序,保护权利人的合法权益。2011年全市共受理专利行政案件26件,其中假冒专利16件。

  2、扎实开展展会知识产权保护。

  进驻第十一届中国北方国际自行车展览会、中国天津第十八届投资贸易洽谈会等大型展会25个,设立知识产权维权投诉工作站,现场接受投诉、咨询,开展执法检查。共接待有关知识产权方面咨询三千余人次,发放知识产权宣传材料近万份,得到了参展商和公众的一致好评,取得了良好的社会效果。

  (二)严厉查处商标侵权行为。

  2011年,全市工商系统结合自身职能,推进知识产权战略实施,严格执法,取得了一定成效。全年共查处各类商标违法案件566件,其中一般违法案件5件,商标侵权案件446件,涉外案件115件,案值787.2万元,罚款406万元,没收、销毁侵权商品4.2万件、商标标识1.1万件。协助本市驰、著名商标企业确权归属,促进天津经济社会发展。全年共协助天津海鸥集团有限公司、达仁堂等15户企业,成功取得商标争议、异议、核准注册案件的确权归属。

  (三)切实规范文化市场秩序,进一步查处侵权盗版行为。

  1、确定重点,加大版权保护力度。

  2011年,市“扫黄打非”办公室会同市版权局、市文化市场行政执法总队以“双打”行动为契机,重点查缴盗版畅销书、工具书、教材教辅出版物、影视和音乐音像制品、计算机软件。加强对出版物制作、生产、批发、零售、出租、放映单位的日常监管,坚决取缔兜售盗版及非法出版物的游商地摊和无证照经营者。对全市行政区域内的印刷复制企业和出版物市场开展了多次专项检查。全年出动执法人员24800人次,检查出版物市场13489个次,印刷、复制企业5168家次,取缔关闭违规和非法出版物市场、店档摊店202个,收缴非法出版物32万余件(份)。

  2、开展2011年打击网络侵权盗版专项行动。

  市文化市场行政执法总队牵头开展打击软件、影视、音乐、文字等方面和网络购物领域的网络侵权盗版行为,积极开展计算机预装盗版软件的市场治理,加大对重点软件产品的市场监管力度。着力查处未经授权许可传播影视作品、通过电子商务平台销售侵犯著作权商品以及为侵权盗版分子提供互联网接入、服务器托管、网络存储空间、代收费和结算服务牟取利益等违法违规行为。发挥行业协会在协助打击侵权盗版、维护市场秩序等方面的积极作用,有效推进对视频网站、手机媒体等主动监管工作。

  3、大力推进软件正版化。

  市版权局牵头组织推动全市政府机关软件正版化专项检查工作,先后成立了市政府机关使用正版软件工作检查组,编制了《全市政府机关使用正版软件专项检查工作方案》,组织召开了全市政府机关软件正版化工作动员大会、区县政府机关使用正版软件工作培训会。对50个市级政府机关自查自纠整改工作情况和16个区县政府机关、塘沽、汉沽、大港管委会开展软件正版化整改工作情况进行了督导检查。

  4、非物质文化遗产保护深入开展。

  狗不理包子制作技艺等5个项目入选第三批国家级非遗名录项目,传统医药类项目实现零突破。72人被评为第二批市级传承人。10家保护单位被命名为“天津市非物质文化遗产保护示范基地”。启动国家级传承人和濒危项目信息采录计划,编辑出版了《天津市第二批非物质文化遗产名录图典》,举办了“薪火相传——天津市非物质文化遗产师徒同台展演”及“非遗进校园”等活动,开展了《非物质文化遗产法》宣传讲解,在全社会掀起了关注文化遗产保护的热潮。

  (四)加强地理标志产品保护、技术壁垒措施研究等工作。

  2011年全市质监系统经过培育和申报,经国家质检总局公告批准,正式对宁河县“芦台春酒”实施地理标志产品保护,全市地理标志产品总数达到10个。开展地理标志产品保护专项监督检查工作,出动执法人员243人次,检查生产企业50家,监督检查企业执行地理标志产品专用标准情况,完善标志印刷、登记、使用制度,对企业每年标志使用量造册登记,对标志印刷企业资质备案登记。检查过程中发现并协同陕西省质监局查处一起冒用“山西老陈醋”地理标志产品专用标志的案件。天津标准信息服务网站创建“技术性贸易壁垒预警平台”,全年共发布欧盟、美国、日本等发达国家发布的通报近1800项,提供我国因技术壁垒受阻案例24项,发布WTO相关信息262项。天津检验检疫局与总局标法中心、市质监局、天津WTO咨询服务中心签署《技术性贸易措施工作战略合作框架协议》,开展应对国外技术性贸易措施方面的合作。

  (五)以专项行动促进植物新品种保护。

  市农委以打击制售假冒伪劣种子和侵犯植物新品种权专项行动为主线,以玉米、棉花品种为主,以恶意、群体及反复侵犯他人品种权和“套牌”行为为打击重点,以生产许可证发放和种子市场为重点环节,加强对生产源头的监管,全年共出动种子执法人员270余人次,执法车辆35余车次,涉及全市9个区的43家种子企业或种子经销商门市部。检查247个种子标签,扦样47个。涉及农作物品种42个,对20个样品进行了真实性检测。开展种子执法年活动,持续保持对违法行为坚决打击的高压态势,净化了种子市场,为实现全市农业生产丰产增收做出了贡献。

  (六)海关知识产权保护卓有成效。

  天津海关采取多项措施,积极开展知识产权保护工作,全年共查获侵犯知识产权案件149起、1607个批次,案值人民币1532.72万元,涉案货物、物品共170.7万件,保护安踏(中国)有限公司等企业68个国内外知名商标专用权。同时,天津海关狠抓侵权大案要案,全年查获侵权货物价值在20万元以上、40万元以下的案件有8起,货物价值在40万元以上、80万元以下的案件有7起,货物价值在100万元以上的案件有2起。

  三、知识产权保护长效机制建设不断深化

  (一)完善知识产权保护协作机制。

  市知识产权局与市商务委、市工商局、市版权局、市质监局、天津海关等部门建立知识产权保护协作长效机制,研究、会商全市知识产权保护工作。市知识产权局与市高级法院积极落实协作机制,开展联合调解、典型案例分析、专业问题研讨,要事会商基本形成常态化。市对外开放办、市外包办组织策划知识产权保护服务月活动。市工商局联络国资委、经信委、商务委、农委等部门,进行商标法律法规培训,推动企业商标工作。注重与法院、知识产权、公安、海关等部门的协调,综合运用行政和司法手段,加强了对商标专用权的保护工作。市版权局与市通信管理局联合制定了宣传、检查、查找大案要案线索等行动方案,各大网站认真开展自查自纠工作,积极预防和杜绝网络侵权行为发生。

  (二)大力开展知识产权维权援助。

  完善集人工、网络、自动语音服务系统三位一体的12330知识产权维权援助平台,面向社会提供知识产权咨询、举报投诉、维权援助等知识产权保护服务。启动实施科技型中小企业知识产权“排雷”行动,对炜杰科技等40家有维权援助需求的大项目企业、科技型中小企业和商业企业开展了一对一维权服务,为天津大学、自行车协会等80余家单位提供知识产权维权咨询服务。市知识产权维权援助中心全年接待处理各类举报、投诉、咨询1195件,受理并转交案件14件。

  (三)发挥机制作用,狠抓大案要案与重点工作。

  市版权局联合市文化市场行政执法总队与市公安局协调配合,对涉嫌侵权的音像制品及时组织鉴定,对侦结侵犯著作权重点案件——“何震宇销售盗版光盘案”起到重要作用,形成行政执法和刑事司法查处案件的有效机制。市版权局联合市公安局召开了2011年互联网信息安全工作会议,宣讲打击网络侵权案件的重要意义,通报了网络案件的查处情况并公布了举报电话。召开天津各网站负责人会议,强调要严厉打击互联网侵权盗版行为,重点打击影视剧作品侵权盗版行为、利用网络和电视网络销售侵犯知识产权和假冒伪劣商品的欺诈行为及视听节目服务网站播放盗版节目等行为。同时,安排专人在网上认真审查“音乐网站”、“电影网站”,对47家可下载《让子弹飞》、《非诚勿扰2》的网站进行查找IP地址工作。

  四、知识产权司法保护不断加强

  (一)不断加大刑事打击力度。

  1、开展专项行动。

  2011年,全市公安系统严厉打击侵犯知识产权犯罪,开展“双打”、“亮剑”等专项行动,不断加大打击力度,破获各类侵犯知识产权犯罪案件战果超过往年8倍,圆满完成2011年知识产权战略工作刑事打击任务,有效遏制了侵犯知识产权违法犯罪活动。全年共破获侵犯知识产权类犯罪案件831起(其中涉案金额100万元以上大案43起,涉案金额500万元以上特大案件1起);涉案总价值2.23亿元;打掉犯罪团伙419个;捣毁生产、储存侵权产品窝点1735个;打击传播盗版作品的互联网站4个;抓获犯罪嫌疑人1992名;缴获盗版、侵权商品数量243.7万件(个、套)。侦破对非洲出口假冒伪劣和侵犯知识产权商品犯罪案件2起——柏泰瑞康、纳瑞德公司利用互联网销售假冒注册商标的商品案,查获假冒“SKF”等品牌轴承81815套,涉案金额1380余万元。

  2、部门配合制度化,形成打击合力。

  全市公安系统履行打击侵权犯罪职责时,不断加强公安机关与各行政执法部门的协作会商工作。2011年的执法实践中,全市各级公安机关与行政执法部门结合天津市的侵犯知识产权犯罪行为现状,积极开展处际之间的文件会签,将公安机关与行政执法单位的配合及要求以制度的形式固定下来,使全市公安机关与行政执法单位的协作进一步制度化、专业化、法律化。在“两法衔接”的框架内,切实落实公安机关对行政执法部门处理的行政案件的提前介入制度,准确把握案件定性,建立健全案件线索移交的“绿色通道”,当行政案件转化为刑事案件后,行政执法机关则协助公安机关完成证据收集等相关工作,互相配合形成高效、务实、广泛的打击犯罪合力。

  3、广泛应用新型技战法。

  针对当前侵犯知识产权类案件犯罪分子化整为零、分散隐蔽的作案手法,为达到有效打击犯罪的目的,全市公安系统侦查破案中广泛应用各警种高度配合、集团作战、组织集群战役等多种新型作战技法。在案件的侦办工作中,各部门警种交叉配合,各守其责,以集群战役带动案件侦破率的优势在全市公安机关案件侦办工作中得以充分发挥,各参战公安机关互相之间联系密切,形成了完整的犯罪打击网络,彻底覆盖了以前靠单一警种作战所不能覆盖的死角,各参战警种之间的配合程度也空前提高,成为全面、快速、准确打击侵犯知识产权犯罪团伙的有效利器。

  (二)加大对知识产权刑事司法保护力度。

  1、依法开展知识产权类案件批捕与起诉工作。

  2011年,天津市各级检察机关在转变经济方式、调整经济结构工作中,充分发挥检察职能作用,强化工作措施,依法打击各类侵犯知识产权犯罪,全年共受理侵犯知识产权类犯罪审查逮捕案件28件42人,批准逮捕27件37人,其中批捕涉嫌假冒注册商标罪12件18人,销售假冒注册商标的商品罪6件9人,非法制造、销售非法制造的注册商标标识罪4件5人,侵犯著作权罪2件2人,侵犯商业秘密罪3件3人。各级检察机关公诉部门共受理该类犯罪36件62人,提起公诉25件49人,其中提起公诉涉嫌假冒注册商标罪16件32人,销售假冒注册商标的商品罪2件8人,非法制造、销售非法制造的注册商标标识罪4件5人,侵犯著作权罪1件2人,侵犯商业秘密罪2件2人。

  2、以“专案督办”与“专案办理”两项机制保障打击力度和案件质量。

  各级检察机关积极完善两项机制确保知识产权类刑事案件办案质量。一是完善专案督办机制,高检院和新闻出版总署等单位将南开区一侵犯著作权案作为全国双打督办案件,天津市检察院将武清区徐某某等四人假冒注册商标案作为天津市检察院挂牌督办案件等,共督办重大复杂案件6件,通过专案督办加强跟踪指导,有力地打击了侵犯知识产权犯罪活动;二是完善专案办理机制,各级检察机关组织专人对知识产权犯罪进行专门研究,实行类案专办,不断提升办案队伍的办案能力和水平,建立知识产权案件研讨和指导机制,准确界定案件性质和涉嫌罪名,提前介入指导案件侦查,把握逮捕尺度,针对知识产权案件专业性强、日趋隐蔽复杂的特点,建立知识产权刑事法律保护理论研究、相关法律业务培训、案件咨询和指导机制,切实解决实践中知识产权刑事司法保护的疑难困惑。

  3、完善“两法衔接”,促进专项监督工作有效开展。

  各级检察机关充分发挥监督职能,强化行政执法与刑事司法无缝衔接制度建设,一是对办理侵犯知识产权犯罪案件中存在的有案不送、有案不立、有罪不纠、以罚代刑的情况及时予以监督、纠正,把打击侵犯知识产权类犯罪作为专项监督活动的重点,切实加强了对行政执法机关移送涉嫌犯罪案件的监督;二是落实与行政执法部门的联席制度,加强沟通与交流,细化、完善知识产权侵权案件涉嫌犯罪移送刑事司法机关处理的条件,尤其是对各类知识产权案件的证据标准、案件移送标准形成统一认识;三是整合信息资源,推动构建“两法衔接”桥梁,即网上信息共享平台。

  (三)司法保护成果显著。

  1、依法公正审理知识产权案件。

  全市法院系统充分发挥刑事、行政和民事审判职能,依法审理知识产权案件,严惩各类侵犯知识产权犯罪,依法监督和维护行政机关履行职责,加大司法保护力度,加重恶意侵权、重复侵权、规模化侵权的赔偿责任,有效遏制了各种侵权行为,提高了司法保护的整体效能。全年各级法院依法审结各类一审知识产权民事案件504件,二审知识产权案件100 件。在一审案件中,著作权纠纷271件,占53.8%;专利权纠纷109件,占21.6%;商标权纠纷101件,占20%;技术合同及其他纠纷23件,占4.6%。民事案件调解或撤诉率68%,自动履行率为100%。审结各类涉知识产权一审刑事案件18件,判决发生法律效力16件32人,全部给予刑事处罚。主要罪名包括假冒注册商标罪、假冒销售注册商标的商品罪、侵犯著作权罪、侵犯商业秘密罪。

  2、创新管理,不断提高知识产权审判质量和效率。

  通过建立大案要案报告制度、关联案件协调制度、法律适用疑难问题研讨调研制度等,全面提高知识产权审判水平,切实体现司法审判定纷止争的终局作用,最大限度地维护人民群众的创新权益,实现知识产权领域的公平正义。同时,认真贯彻“调解优先、调判结合”原则,积极化解知识产权领域的矛盾纠纷。结合知识产权案件特点,遵循有利自主创新和科技进步,有利协调利益关系和促进文化发展繁荣的调解思路,创新调解方法,主动加强与知识产权行政管理部门和行业协会的配合,探索共同调解制度,取得了较好的诉讼调解效果。一年来,依法调解了(法国)伯纳德股份有限公司与伯纳德(天津)仪表技术有限公司的侵害商标权及不正当竞争纠纷案、株式会社岛野与宁波力盟工业有限公司的侵害发明专利权案等影响较大案件,实现了法律效果与社会效果有机统一。通过公开审判、公布典型案例、裁判文书上网等多种方式,以公开促公正,以公正赢公信。围绕天津市重点工作和审判难点先后开展了网络著作权保护、卡拉OK经营者著作权侵权、推进实施天津市商标战略、“老字号”企业与知名企业商标权保护等系列重点调研活动,调研成果得到及时应用,不仅解决了审判难题,而且有效地服务于天津企业知识产权工作。

  3、加强多部门协作,积极开展司法建议工作。

  全市法院系统加强与相关单位在知识产权执法程序中的配合,实现司法保护与行政保护的优势互补和良性互动,形成了打击侵犯知识产权犯罪的合力。审结网吧侵犯网络著作权系列案件与侵害商标专用权纠纷案件后,向有关文化管理部门与企业发出司法建议书,就提高知识产权保护意识提出司法建议。

  五、不断完善知识产权文化环境建设

  (一)大力营造“双打”声势。

  全市相关部门与区县积极发挥各自优势,充分利用各种形式开展“双打”宣传活动,以张贴宣传标语、发放公告和宣传单、利用市场电子显示屏发布标语信息、“公仆走进直播间”电台直播节目等方式,营造氛围,扩大影响,取得了较为明显的效果。全市共开展各种形式的集中宣传活动2000余次,发放宣传公告70余万份,悬挂布标横幅1000多条,设立大型广告宣传牌、电子屏幕宣传栏100多个,发布各类宣传信息3000多篇,形成了“双打”震慑之势。

  (二)知识产权宣传工作全面推进。

  全市利用“4.26”世界知识产权日、“12.4”普法宣传日等积极开展以深化实施知识产权战略为重点的宣传活动。4月,市政府新闻办公室召开“大力实施知识产权战略,促进知识产权保护取得新成果”新闻发布会。举办以“知识产权助推经济转型”为主题的“知识产权周”活动,宣讲《天津市专利保护与促进条例》,解读《天津市知识产权“十二五”规划》,举办2011年工艺品外观设计大赛和2011年青少年小发明设计大赛、商标法宣传月等活动。以《著作权法》实施20周年为契机,通过多种媒介,多种渠道、多种方式,集中开展宣传教育活动,不断提高公众保护知识产权、打击侵权盗版的意识。市公安局先后进行了两次大规模打击侵权和制假售假犯罪的战果集中展示暨侵权、伪劣商品销毁活动,参观群众总计达9万余人次,市高级人民法院建立新闻发布会制度,及时发布天津法院知识产权司法保护状况和典型案例,并在天津法院网增设“知识产权司法保护”专栏。

  2011年全市举办天津市知识产权工作专题研讨班、市级机关领导干部培训班等重点培训23次。据统计,全年开展知识产权各类普及教育活动200余次,培训近2.8万人次。市知识产权局组织策划新闻媒体加大对本市知识产权工作的宣传力度,《人民日报》、《中国日报》、《新华网》、《经济日报》、《中国知识产权报》、《天津日报》等接连报道全市“十一五”期间知识产权保护取得的成绩。天津电视台连续一周播出专题系列报道——《倍增计划在行动》。全社会对知识产权保护意识和认同不断增强,尊重知识、崇尚创新、诚信守法的知识产权文化建设不断完善。







  2011 White Paper on Intellectual Property Rights Protection in Tianjin
Tianjin Leading Group Office of Intellectual Property Strategy
 (April, 2012)

  2011 served as a start for the Twelfth “Five-Year Plan”. In accordance with the series of important instructions by General Secretary Hu Jintao concerning Tianjin’s work, Tianjin’s intellectual property rights protection has been based on the further implementation of the Scientific Outlook on Development and earnestly carrying out the general arrangement of Tianjin municipal party committee and the municipal government. With Tianjin Intellectual Property Strategy thoroughly carried out, outstanding achievements have been made in the following aspects: the construction of Tianjin’s Intellectual Property Rights Protection system, the special action of combating IPR infringement and producing and selling counterfeit and shoddy goods, administrative protection and judicial protection, exploring the establishment of long-term mechanism for IPR protection and creating a legal environment for IPR protection. As a result, effective and strong guarantee has been provided for accelerating the alteration of economic growth pattern, deepening the development and opening up of Binhai New Area, and speeding up the construction of the innovative city.

  I. System construction of IPR policies and laws breaks new ground

  The Tianjin municipal party committee and the municipal government attached great importance to IPR protection. In November, 2011, the Eleventh Plenary Session of the Ninth Tianjin Committee of CPC approved the Tianjin Municipal Party Committee’s Opinions on Implementing “the Party Central Committee’s Resolution on Major Issues Regarding Deepening Cultural Restructuring and Promoting the Great Development and Flourishing of Socialist Culture”, which pointed out that intellectual property rights protection should be strengthened and that the legitimate rights and interests of copyright holders should be safeguarded.

  The municipal government promulgated the “12th Five-Year Plan” on Tianjin’s Intellectual Property Rights, which has become the only provincial level key planning for intellectual property rights nationwide. The Three-Year Plan (2010-2012) for the Trademark Development in Tianjin has advanced steadily. The Regulations on the Promotion and Protection of the Patent in Tianjin has been promulgated since April 1st, realizing the “zero” breakthrough in local IPR-related legislation in Tianjin. “The Regulations” raised the key elements in the Outline of Tianjin Intellectual Property Strategy to the local legislative level in order to provide protection, systemically specifying the whole process involving patent creation, application, protection, management, legal liability and support measures with distinguishing features of Tianjin. The 2011 Application Standard for Tianjin Brand-Name Products and Tianjin’s “12th Five-Year” Plan of the Implementation of Brand-Name Strategy and the Catalogue for the Cultivation and Guidance of Tianjin Brand-Name Products (2011-2015) was issued. In addition, Selection and Management Measures of Cultural Industry Model Parks in Tianjin was formulated with the second batch of cultural industry model bases nominated and commended. Opinions on the Implementation of Strengthening the IPR Judicial Protection to Promote the Accelerated Alteration of Economic Growth Pattern was formulated and issued, in which nine measures were definitely adopted to provide powerful legislative guarantee and support for accelerating the alteration of economic growth pattern. Suggestions on the trial guidance concerning applicable laws in cases related to information network transmission right protection, trade secret protection, and patent and trademarks were developed in succession, as a result of which, the guidance of IPR trials was reinforced and the standardization of IPR trials was improved.

  II. Administrative duties are performed according to law and law enforcement and protection are intensified

  In 2011, taking the special action of combating IPR infringement and producing and selling counterfeit and shoddy goods (hereinafter referred to as “double fights”) as an opportunity, the municipal government of Tianjin continuously made extensive efforts to promote law enforcement. The Municipal Commission of Commerce and the Municipal Intellectual Property Bureau formed a leading group office for the “double fights” together with the Municipal Industrial and Commercial Bureau, the Municipal Copyright Bureau, and the Municipal Quality Supervision Bureau for the purpose of carrying out in depth the “double fights” throughout the city. During the special action, the deployed law enforcement officers totaled over 120,000; more than 10,000 special inspections of various kinds were carried out; 1,637 cases of various categories were placed on file for investigation and prosecution involving a total sum of 1.728 billion yuan. Furthermore, 457 dens were destroyed and more than 300,000 items were confiscated, leading to the continuous purification of market environment and opening up a new prospect in the IPR law enforcement and protection in Tianjin.

  1. Unceasingly strengthening patent administrative law enforcement.

  (1). extensively unfolding law enforcement actions.

  A number of law enforcement actions were organized such as 4.26-5.26 centralized-law-enforcement Month; besides, as many as 23 centralized rectifying actions were carried out during the “double fights”. A total number of 523 patent administrative law enforcement personnel on the municipal and district levels were deployed; they inspected 341 places of business of various types, checking patent marking goods amounting to 207,000 pieces. A special action of IPR protection entitled “celebrating the two festivals, fighting against counterfeit patent and protecting patent commodities” was launched in Tianjin, which focused on consolidating achievements of the “double fights” and promoting innovation and development. Efforts were aimed at combating infringement, and acts of counterfeit patent and patent fraud, as a result of which, Tianjin’s market economic order was regulated and the legitimate rights and interests of right holders were secured. In the past year, a total of 26 patent administrative cases and 16 cases of patent counterfeiting were received in Tianjin.

  (2). solidly carrying out IPR protection for exhibitions

  25 large exhibitions were stationed including the 11th North China International Cycle Show and the 18th Investment and Trade Fair in Tianjin, China, during which IPR safeguarding and complaint workstations were posted to accept on-site complaint, consultation as well as carrying out law enforcement inspection. Over 3,000 consultants were received and nearly 10,000 copies of IPR publicity materials were handed out. All these won acclaim from the exhibitors and the public alike, and achieved good social effects.

  2. Severely cracking down on trademark infringement.

  In 2011, the Municipality’s industrial and commercial system combined their own functions to promote the implementation of IPR strategy. They strictly enforced the law, thus making some progress. All the year round a total of 566 illegal trademark cases were investigated and dealt with, of which 5 cases were common criminal acts, 446 trademark violation cases and the rest 115 were foreign related cases. All these cases involved a sum total of 7.872 million yuan with a fine of 4.06 million yuan. 42,000 pieces of infringing goods and 11,000 pieces of trademarks were confiscated and destroyed. Assistance was rendered to the determination of right ownership of well-known and famous trademarks in Tianjin so as to promote Tianjin’s economic and social development. The past year has witnessed the successful assistance for 15 enterprises including Tianjin Seagull Group Co., Ltd. and Darentang Pharmacy in settling trademark disputes, objection and approval of the right ownership concerning registered cases.

  3. Effectively regulating the cultural market order to further the investigation and persecution of infringement and piracy.

  (1). identifying priorities and intensifying copyright protection.
In 2011, together with the Municipal Copyright Bureau and the Municipal General Team of Cultural Market Administrative Law Enforcement, the Municipal Office of Eliminating Pornography and Illegal Publications took the action of “double fights” as an opportunity to focus on checking and confiscating pirated bestsellers, reference books, textbooks, supplementary publications, film and music audio-visual products and computer software. What was enhanced was routine supervision of the fabrication, production, wholesale, retail, rental and the screening units of publications, resolutely banning selling pirated and illegal publications by itinerant traders, stalls and operators without license. A number of special inspections were carried out involving the printing enterprises and the publication markets in the Municipality’s administrative region. Dispatched law enforcement officers throughout the year topped 24,800, who checked 13,489 publications markets and 5,168 printing and copying businesses. As a result, they closed down 202 publication markets, shops, stalls, or stores that were illegal or broke the rules; and they confiscated over 320,000 (copies of) illegal publications.

  (2). unfolding the 2011 special action of combating online infringement and piracy.
The Municipal General Team of Cultural Market Administrative Law Enforcement led efforts against online infringement and piracy in the fields of software, films, music, text as well as online shopping. They also actively carried out market control over pre-installed pirated software in the computer and intensified market supervision of key software products. Stress was laid on investigating and dealing with illegal acts such as unauthorized dissemination of film and television works, selling products that violated copyright through e-commerce platform, and providing internet access, server hosting, network storage space, collecting fees on his/ her behalf and settlement services for the infringers to seek profit. Industry associations were initiated to play an active role in helping to combat infringement and piracy as well as safeguarding market order. In addition, the active monitoring of video websites and mobile media was effectively promoted.

  (3). vigorously promoting the software legalization.
The Municipal Copyright Bureau acted as a lead to organize and propel the special inspection of copyrighted software in the Municipal government authorities. An inspection team was established entitled the Municipal Government Authorities’ use of legitimate software and a Special Inspection Program for the Municipal Government Authorities to Use Legitimate Software was prepared. In addition, a mobilization meeting was organized concerning the use of copyrighted software in the Municipal government authorities; training was organized aiming at district and county government agencies to use legitimate software. Supervision and inspection were carried out on 50 municipal government agencies concerning their self-examination, correction and rectification work as well as on government agencies in 16 districts or counties and administrative committees of Tanggu, Hangu and Dagang involving their rectification of using legitimate software.

  (4). further developing intangible cultural heritage protection.
The production skill of Tianjin Goubuli stuffed bun and other four projects were selected for the third batch of National Intangible Cultural Heritage List, achieving zero breakthrough in traditional medicine projects. 72 candidates were rated as the second batch of municipal heritage heritors. 10 protection units were named as Tianjin Intangible Cultural Heritage Protection and Demonstration Base. Collecting and recording plans were started for the national heritage heritors and endangered projects. An Illustrated List of the Second Batch of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Tianjin was edited and published. Furthermore, a series of activities were initiated including “Passing the torch - Tianjin Intangible Cultural Heritage Performances on the Same Stage by Mentors and Disciples Together” and “Intangible Cultural Heritage on Campus”. The publicity and interpretation of Intangible Cultural Heritage Act were carried out, setting off an upsurge of paying attention to cultural heritage protection in the whole society.

  4. Enhancing the protection of geographical mark products and research of
technical barrier measures.

  In 2011, after cultivation and declaration by the Municipal Quality Supervision System, General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of the People's Republic of China (AQSIQ) noticed the approval to officially implement the protection of geographical mark products for “Lutaichun liquor” of Ninghe County; thus the total number of geographical mark products struck 10. Special supervision and inspection were carried out on the protection of geographical mark products, during which 243 law enforcement personnel were dispatched and 50 enterprises underwent inspection. The execution of specific standard for geographical mark products by the enterprises also received checking. The printing, registration and usage systems of geographical marks were perfected. In addition, the annual usage of geographical marks by the enterprises was catalogued and the qualification of the printing companies was registered. During the inspection process, a case involving the fraudulent use of specific mark of the geographical mark product—“Shanxi Vinegar” was exposed and in collaboration with Shaanxi Provincial Quality Supervision Bureau the case was investigated and dealt with. Tianjin Standard Information Service web site created a “technical trade barrier warning platform”, throughout the year publishing nearly 1,800 circulars by the European Union, the United States, Japan and other developed countries, providing 24 cases in which our country was blocked because of technical barriers, and releasing 262 pieces of information in relation to WTO. Tianjin Inspection and Quarantine Bureau, together with International Inspection and Quarantine Standard and Technical Regulation Research Center of AQSIQ, the Municipal Quality Supervision Bureau, Tianjin WTO Enquiry Service Centre, signed a Strategic Cooperation Framework Agreement on Technical Trade Measures to develop cooperation when tackling foreign technical trade measures.

  5. Facilitating the protection of new plant varieties with special actions.
On the basis of the special action aiming at cracking down on manufacturing and selling fake and inferior seeds and violations of new plant varieties, Tianjin Municipal Commission of Rural Affairs focused on corn and cotton varieties, mainly against malicious and repeated violations of others’ variety rights, group violation, and the “deck” behavior and particularly with the granting of production license and the seed market as the core to strengthen the supervision of the production source. Throughout the year more than 270 law enforcement personnel on seed inspection were dispatched and 35 or more law enforcement trips by vehicles were conducted, involving 43 seed companies or seed dealer outlets in nine districts of Tianjin. 247 seed tags underwent checks and 47 got sampling, of which 42 belonged to crop varieties. And 20 samples received authenticity tests. The activity of Seed Law Enforcement Year was initiated to constantly maintain a high pressure situation for resolutely cracking down on violations. Consequently, the seed market was purified and contribution was made for the realization of Tianjin’s plenteous yield and increased revenue in agricultural production.

  6. Tianjin Customs making fruitful efforts in IPR protection.

  Tianjin Customs has taken various measures to actively carry out IPR protection. Throughout the year Tianjin Customs investigated and seized a total of 149 cases of IPR infringement, covering 1,607 batches. The total value involved in these cases was worth 15,327,200 yuan. A total of 1.707 million pieces of goods or articles were involved. 68 domestic and foreign well-known trademark rights including Anta (China) Co., Ltd. and other enterprises were safeguarded. Tianjin Customs, at the same time, paid close attention to major cases of infringement. In the past year it investigated and seized eight cases with the value of infringing goods above 200,000 yuan and under 400,000; seven cases with the value of the goods in excess of 400,000 yuan and under 800,000; two cases with the value of the goods above one million yuan.

  III.The construction of the long-term mechanism of IPR protection is constantly deepened.

  1. Improving the IPR protection coordination mechanism.

  In conjunction with the Municipal Commission of Commerce, the Municipal Industrial and Commercial Bureau, the Municipal Copyright Bureau, the Municipal Quality Supervision Bureau and Tianjin Customs, the Municipal Intellectual Property Bureau established a long-term coordination mechanism of IPR protection to conduct research and consultation of IPR protection work in Tianjin. The Municipal Intellectual Property Bureau and the Superior Court actively implemented the coordination mechanism to conduct joint mediation, typical case studies, seminars on professional issues, thus consultation of events becoming normalized in the main. The Municipal Office of Opening up and the Municipal Outsourcing Office organized and planned the activity of “IPR Protection Service Month”. The Municipal Industrial and Commercial Bureau, in collaboration with the Municipal State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission, Tianjin Economic and Information Technology Commission, Tianjin Commission of Commerce, and Tianjin Municipal Commission of Rural Affairs provided training on trademark laws and regulations, promoting trademark-related work in enterprises. Stress was also laid on coordination with the courts, the Municipal Intellectual Property Bureau, the Municipal Public Security Bureau and Tianjin Customs to make comprehensive use of administrative and judicial means in order to strengthen the protection of trademark rights. The Municipal Copyright Bureau and the Municipal Communication Administration Bureau jointly developed action programs covering the publicity, inspection and detecting clues for major cases. The major web sites conscientiously carried out self-checking and correcting, actively preventing or putting an end to network infringement acts.

  2. Vigorously carrying out IPR safeguarding aid.

  12330 IPR safeguarding aid platform that was characterized by artificial, online and automatic services in one system was perfected to provide IPR protection services including IPR consultation, office reports and complaints as well as rights maintenance aid.  The “Mine Clearance” action was started for IPR issues in the medium-sized and small technical enterprises. One-on-one IPR safeguarding and consultative services were offered to 40 enterprise with large projects, medium-sized and small technical enterprises and commercial enterprises that were in need of rights maintenance assistance such as Tianjin Weijie Technology Co., Ltd. IPR safeguarding and consultative services were rendered for over 80 units including Tianjin University and the Cycling Association. Throughout the year, the Tianjin Aid Center for Maintaining Intellectual Property Rights altogether received and dealt with various kinds of reports, complaints and consultation topping 1195 pieces, in addition to which the Center accepted and transmitted 14 cases.

  3. Giving full scope to the mechanism and concentrating efforts on major cases and focal point of the work.

  In conjunction with the Municipal General Team of Cultural Market Administrative Law Enforcement, the Municipal Copyright Bureau collaborated with the Municipal Public Security Bureau to organize timely identification of the allegedly infringing audiovisual products, thus playing an important role in the Investigation and settling of one of the key cases of copyright infringement –the case of “He Zhenyu sale of pirated discs”. Therefore, an effective mechanism of administrative law enforcement and criminal judicature took shape for case investigation and prosecution. The Municipal Copyright Bureau and the Municipal Public Security Bureau jointly held the 2011 Conference on Internet Information Security, during which the significance of combating online infringement was explained and publicized; the investigation and prosecution of online infringement cases were briefed and informants' hot-line telephone number was announced. A meeting participated by the heads of major websites in Tianjin was convened to emphasize the heavy blow on online infringement and piracy, taking a strong stance against infringement acts of films and TV plays, the fraudulent acts of selling IPR infringing goods, counterfeit and shoddy products by websites and TV networks, and the playing of pirated programs by audio-visual program service websites. Meanwhile, careful reviews were arranged by appointed personnel concerning “music websites” and “film website”, aiming at 47 websites that allowed the downloading of “Let the bullets fly” and “You Are the One 2” to find the IP address.

  IV.The IPR judicial protection is ceaselessly reinforced.

  1. Continuously pressing on with efforts for criminal crackdown.

  (1). initiating special actions.

  The year 2011 saw the ruthless blow on IPR infringement by the Municipal Public Security system, which initiated the special actions such as “Double Fights” and “Sword Draw”. Efforts were intensified to uncover various kinds of IPR infringement cases, delivering a successful outcome that was 8 times more than that of the previous year. Consequently, the criminal strike mission of the 2011 IPR strategic work was satisfactorily completed, effectively curbing criminal and IPR infringement acts. Altogether 831 IPR infringement cases were solved in the past year, of which 43 major cases involved more than 1 million rmb yuan; one serious case involved amount of over 5 million yuan. The total amount involved in the lawsuits was 223,000,000 rmb yuan. The Bureau destroyed 419 criminal gangs and 1735 production or storage dens for infringing products; 4 websites that spread pirated works were also stricken. As a result, 1992 suspects were caught and 2.437 million pieces (sets) of pirated or infringing goods were seized. Two criminal cases of exporting to Africa the counterfeit and shoddy goods as well as IPR infringing goods were uncovered—Tianjin Botairuikang Bearing International Trade co., Ltd. and Tianjin Naruide Imported bearing co., Ltd. These two companies used internet to sell counterfeit registered trademark products. 81,815 sets of counterfeit “SKF” brand bearings were seized involving a total amount of over 13.8 million rmb yuan.

  (2). institutionalizing the coordination between departments to create a joint crack-down force.

  In their performance of duties concerning combating IPR infringement crimes, the Municipal Public Security system also strengthened the coordination and consultation system with other administrative law enforcement departments. In the law enforcement process of the past year, on the basis of the status quo of IPR infringement crimes in Tianjin, the public security organs at all levels and administrative law enforcement departments vigorously conducted cross-signing of documents at office levels. By so doing, the coordination between the public security organs and administrative law enforcement units as well as their requirements were fixed as a system, going a step further in the institutionalization, specialization and legalization of the collaboration of the municipal public security organs and administrative law enforcement units. Within the framework of “the convergence of law enforcement and criminal justice”, the early intervention system of public security organs with administrative cases handled by the administrative law enforcement departments was earnestly implemented so as to accurately determine the nature of cases and to establish and improve the “green channel” for transferring the clues of cases. After the transformation of administrative cases for criminal cases, the administrative law enforcement agencies then assisted the public security organs to complete the collection of evidence and other related work. Such coordination created an efficient, practical, and extensive joint crack-down force.

  (3). extensively applying new fighting techniques.

  In the light of the current modus operandi of IPR infringement criminals that were characterized by breaking up into parts, being scattered and hidden, the Municipal Public Security system widely employed many new fighting techniques such as full cooperation of police in different duties, group fight and organizing clustered campaigns in case investigations in order to accomplish the purpose of effectively combating crimes. During the investigation process of cases, police in different duties from various departments cross collaborated and performed their respective duties. Making full use of the advantage of driving case detection rate with clustered campaigns in Tianjin’s public security system’s case investigations, the public security organs in the campaigns were in close touch with each other and formed an integrated network against crime. Consequently, the dead angle that had been left with previous single-type police operations was completely covered; in addition, cooperation between police in different duties was improved to an unprecedented level during combat, thus becoming an effective weapon of fighting against IPR infringement gangs in a comprehensive, fast and accurate manner.

  2. Stepping up efforts to offer IPR criminal judicial protection.

  (1). arresting and prosecuting IPR related cases in accordance with the law.

  In 2011, the municipal all-level procuratorial organs brought their procuratorial duty into full play to strengthen their measures for working and crack down on IPR infringement crimes according to the law during the alteration of economic growth pattern and economic restructuring. The Annual number of accepted cases to be examined for arrest totaled 28, involving 42 persons. 27 cases involving 37 people were approved for arrest, of which 12 cases and 18 people came under suspicion of counterfeiting registered trademarks; 6 cases and 9 people were arrested for selling goods of counterfeit registered trademarks; 4 cases and 5 people for illegally manufacturing and selling illegally manufactured marks of registered trademark; 2 cases and 2 people for copyright infringement; and 3 cases with 3 people for infringement of commercial confidentiality. The public prosecution departments of all-level procuratorial organs altogether accepted 36 such crimes and 62 people and initiated public prosecutions of 25 cases and 49 people, of which 16 cases and 32 people were prosecuted for counterfeiting registered trademarks, 2 cases and 8 people for selling goods of counterfeit registered trademarks, 4 cases and 5 people for illegally manufacturing and selling illegally manufactured marks of registered trademark, 1 case and 2 people for copyright infringement; and 2 cases with 2 people for infringement of commercial confidentiality.

  (2). Guaranteeing the crackdown and quality of cases with the two mechanisms of supervising the special case and handling the special case.

  The all-level procuratorial organs actively improved the two mechanisms to guarantee the quality of IPR related criminal case investigations. The first was the perfection of the mechanism—supervising the special case. The Supreme People’s Procuratorate and the State Press and Publication Administration took a case of copyright infringement in Nankai district as a national supervising case during the “double fights”; what was more, the Municipal Procuratorate took Xu XX and other three people’ crime of counterfeiting registered trademark in Wuqing district as the Municipal Procuratorate listed supervising case; a total of 6 major and serious cases were supervised in this manner. With the mechanism of supervising the special case, the tracking guidance was thus reinforced, strongly striking the IPR infringement crimes. The second was the improvement of the mechanism—handling the special case. The all-level procuratorial organs assigned special personnel to conduct specialized research on IPR crimes in order to handle similar cases in a specialized way. The ability and level of the case-handling team were continuously improved. Furthermore, the mechanism of discussion and guidance of IPR related cases was established for the purpose of accurately determining the nature of the case and charges suspected. Early intervention was introduced to guide case investigation and to grasp the arrest scale. On the basis of IPR case features that were highly professional as well as increasingly hidden and complex, theoretical study of IPR criminal law protection, training on the relevant laws, case consultation and guidance mechanisms were set up or initiated to effectively solve the practical problems or confusion concerning IPR criminal judicial protection.

  (3). completing “the convergence of law enforcement and criminal justice” to promote the effective carrying out of special supervision.

  Making full use of their supervision function, the all-level procuratorial organs strengthened the construction of seamless convergence system of administrative law enforcement and criminal justice: the first was to promptly supervise and rectify the following phenomena in handling IPR infringement cases, such as refusing to transfer  and register existing cases, refusing to investigate offenses, and replacing punishments with fines. In the special supervision, the crack down on IPR infringement was treated as a key issue, thus earnestly strengthening the supervision over administrative law enforcement agencies involving their transfer of cases under suspicion of crimes. The second was to implement the joint system with administrative law enforcement agencies so as to enhance communication and exchanges and to refine and improve conditions for the transfer of IPR infringement cases under suspicion of crimes to criminal justice processing. In particular, a common understanding concerning evidence standards of various types of IPR cases, case transferring standards was reached. The third was the integration of information resources, promoting the construction of the bridge—“the convergence of law enforcement and criminal justice”, namely the online information-sharing platform.

  3. Yielding remarkable results in judicial protection.

  (1). impartially trying IPR cases according to the law.

  Developing their criminal, administrative and civil trial functions to the full, the municipal court system tried IPR cases in accordance with the law and severely punished those guilty of IPR infringement crimes. They supervised and safeguarded the exercise of administrative duties by administrative organs in accordance with the law and stepped up efforts in judicial protection. By aggravating compensation responsibility for malicious, repeat and large-scale infringements, various kinds of infringement acts were effectively curbed and the overall efficiency of the judicial protection was improved. Throughout the year, courts at all levels concluded in accordance with the law 504 IPR civil cases at the first instance; 100 IPR cases at the second instance. In cases of the first instance, there were 271 copyright disputes, accounting for 53.8%; 109 patent disputes, making up 21.6%; 101 trademark disputes, occupying 20%; 23 technology contracts and other disputes, accounting for 4.6%. Mediation or withdrawal rate of civil cases hit 68% and the automatic implementation rate reached 100%. 18 IPR-related criminal cases of various kinds were concluded at the first instance. The judgment took legal effect on 32 people, whom were all given a criminal punishment. The main charges included the crime of counterfeiting a registered trademark, the crime of counterfeiting and selling goods of registered trademark, copyright infringement, and infringement of commercial confidentiality.

  (2) steadily improving the quality and efficiency of IPR trials with innovation management.

  Through the establishment of the reporting system of major and important cases, coordinating system of related cases, discussion and research system of the law applicable to difficult problems, the level of IPR trial was comprehensively improved and the finality function of the judicial trial in dispute solution was effectively manifested, thus providing maximum protection for the people’s innovation interests and realizing fairness and justice in the field of intellectual property rights. Meanwhile, the principle of “recognizing conciliation as a priority and integrating conciliation with trial was conscientiously carried out so as to actively resolve contradictions and disputes in the field of intellectual property rights. In accordance with the conciliation ideas that it should be conducive to innovation and technological advancement, favorable to coordination of interest and to promote cultural development and prosperity, conciliation methods were innovated in combination with the characteristics of IPR cases. The cooperation with IPR administrative departments and industry associations was intensified to explore the co-conciliation system, obtaining better results in lawsuit and conciliation. Over the past year, the case of trademark infringement and unfair competition dispute between BERNARD (France) co., Ltd. and Tianjin Bernard instrument technique co., Ltd. was mediated according to the law and so was the case of infringing patent right for invention between Shimano Inc. and Ningbo Power industry co. Ltd.. The successful mediation of these cases that had considerable influence realized the organic combination of legal effect and social effect. With various means including public trial, publishing typical cases and publishing adjudicative document on line, through publicity justice was promoted, which in turn won public confidence. Centered around the focal work in Tianjin and trial difficulties, a series of key research activities were launched concerning copyright protection in cyberspace, copyright infringement by karaoke operators, promoting the implementation of the of Tianjin trademark strategy, and trademark protection involving enterprises with “time-honored brands” and well-known enterprises. The research results received timely applications, not only solving the judicial problems, but also effectively serving the IPR work for enterprises in Tianjin.

  (3) strengthening collaboration between various departments and actively initiating judicial suggestions.

  The city’s court system strengthened coordination in IPR enforcement procedures with relevant units, achieving advantage-complementing and positive interaction in the judicial protection and administrative protection alike. A joint force against criminal IPR infringement was thus formed. After the conclusion of the series of copyright infringement cases of the Internet cafes and the trademark infringement, a judicial proposal was rendered to related cultural administrative departments and enterprises, in which judicial suggestions were put forward to enhance the awareness of IPR protection.

  V. The construction of IPR cultural environment undergoes steady improvement

  1. Striving to create momentum for the “double fights”.

  The relevant municipal departments, districts and counties actively played their respective advantages and made full use of various forms to carry out the publicity on “double fights”, including posting publicity slogans, issuing bulletins and leaflets, releasing slogan and information with electronic display screens in the markets and live radio programs named “Public Servants into the studio”. All these means created an atmosphere to increase their influence and thus achieved significant results. According to statistics, various forms of concentrated promotional activities were held in Tianjin for more than 2,000 times, distributing publicity announcements amounting to over 700,000 copies, hanging over 1000 pieces of cloth slogans and banners, setting up more than 100 large poster board and electronic screen billboards, issuing 3000 or more pieces of various promotional information, and forming a momentum of shock and awe for the “double fights” as a result.

  2. Advancing the IPR publicity in an all-round manner.

  Utilizing the World Intellectual Property Day (April 26th) and the Law Popularization Publicity Day (December 4th), a wide range of activities were actively carried out all over the city, focusing on deepening the implementation of the intellectual property strategy. In April, 2011, the Municipal Government Information Office held a news conference concerning vigorously implementing intellectual property strategy to promote new achievement in IPR protection. An IPR Week was staged around the theme that intellectual property rights promoted economic transformation, during which diversified activities were initiated such as lectures on the Regulations on the Protection and Promotion of the Patent in Tianjin, interpretation of the “12th Five-Year Plan” on Tianjin’s Intellectual Property Rights, 2011 Tianjin Handicraft Appearance Design Contest and the 2011 Youth Invention Design Competition as well as Publicity Month of Trademark law. Taking the 20th anniversary of the implementation of Copyright Law as an opportunity, publicity and educational activities were concentrated in a multi-media, multi-channel and multi-way manner to constantly enhance the public awareness of protecting intellectual property rights and combating piracy. The Municipal Public Security Bureau carried out two large-scale concentrated displays of victories in the fight against infringement as well as crimes of producing and selling fake goods, and also destruction of infringing and shoddy goods, which attracted visitors amounting to more than 90,000. The Municipal Higher People’s Court established a news conference system, releasing in a timely manner IPR judicial protection status of Tianjin courts and typical cases; in addition, the Court added a column of IPR judicial protection on Tianjin’s Court Network.

  In 2011, a total of 23 key training events were hosted, such as Tianjin IPR Work Symposium, training class for leaders of the Municipal authorities. According to statistics, throughout the year, more than 200 IPR popularizing and educational activities of diversified types were carried out, training nearly 28,000 people. The Municipal Intellectual Property Bureau organized and planned to increase the news media coverage and publicity on Tianjin’s IPR work. People’s Daily, China Daily, Xinhua Network, Economic Daily, China Intellectual Property News and Tianjin Daily reported in series Tianjin’s achievements ​​in IPR protection during the 11th “five-year plan”. Tianjin TV broadcasted for a week a special series of reports—“Multiplication Plan in Action”. Consequently, the whole society’s awareness of IPR protection and recognition has been growing. IPR cultural construction involving respecting knowledge, advocating innovation, credit-worthiness and abiding by law has undergone constant improvement.
                     

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