A few days ago, the “14th Five-Year Plan for Intellectual Property Development in Pudong New Area” was officially released. The plan stated that during the “14th Five-Year Plan” period, Pudong will take the initiative to benchmark against the highest international standards and achieve a comprehensive strengthening of intellectual property protection as the main objective. Pudong will vigorously improve the quality of intellectual property creation utilization efficiency, management efficiency and service level. Pudong will also vigorously strengthen international cooperation in intellectual property protection, build Pudong New Area into a leader for the future development of intellectual property. Pudong will use international competitiveness and influence to create a world-class benchmark for intellectual property protection.
During the “Thirteenth Five-Year Plan” period, Pudong’s intellectual property business focused on reform and innovation and achieved outstanding results. Pudong established a “four-in-one” comprehensive intellectual property management system and the construction of five functional intellectual property platforms was fruitful. The “four-wheel drive” intellectual property protection pattern was also preliminarily formed. The establishment of a “five-in-one” mechanism for realizing the value of intellectual property rights has been formed and the reform of “delegation, management and service” in the field of intellectual property has achieved remarkable results. The intellectual property talent training mechanism and cultural level have also been innovatively promoted.
By the end of 2020, the number of patent applications in Pudong New Area reached 184,000, and the number of patent authorizations reached 111,000, of which more than 34,000 were invention patents. Pudong New Area has 90 invention patents per 10,000 population, and 30 high-value invention patents per 10,000 population.
Pudong, as a test field for the national comprehensive management reform of intellectual property rights, will focus on high-quality development and high-level protection during the “14th Five-Year Plan” period, and become an influential intellectual property protection leader in the Asia-Pacific region. The plan indicates the intellectual property protection system of “strict protection, major protection, rapid protection, and simultaneous protection” will be improved, the social satisfaction of intellectual property protection will be further improved, and he national intellectual property protection with Pudong characteristics will be basically complete. By 2025, the level of intellectual property governance will be significantly improved, and the ability of market entities to create, use, protect, manage, and serve intellectual property rights will be significantly enhanced. The role of the intellectual property system in stimulating innovation and optimizing the business environment will be fully brought into play. The Asia-Pacific region will be built into an influential intellectual property protection leader.
It is worth noting that in terms of indicators, the plan focuses on accurately grasping the inherent requirements of high-quality development and replaces “the number of high-value invention patents per 10,000 people” with “the number of invention patents per 10,000 people” during the “13th Five-Year Plan” period. The “quantity” indicator means the transformation of Pudong’s intellectual property work from “quantity” to “quality”. At the same time, the three core indicators all require a “doubling”: the number of high-value invention patents per 10,000 people has reached more than 50, doubling from the end of the “13th Five-Year Plan”; the number of international patent applications (PCT, etc.) breakthroughs reached 1,000 cases annually, double the average level of the “13th Five-Year Plan”; the number of successful mediation cases of intellectual property disputes reached 650, double the average level of the “13th Five-Year Plan”.
During the “14th Five-Year Plan” period, Pudong will improve the intellectual property governance system and promote the modernization of intellectual property protection capabilities. Pudong will enhance the efficiency of intellectual property use and release the economic value of intellectual property, consolidate the intellectual property supervision mechanism, optimize the intellectual property development environment, and strengthen intelligence. It will improve the intellectual property service system promote the construction of intellectual property culture, create intellectual property protection characteristics, and promote the creation, protection, use, supervision and service level of intellectual property from five aspects.
In order to further support and optimize the ecological environment for innovation and entrepreneurship, Pudong will focus on promoting six major projects, including the construction of a national intellectual property demonstration city, a national intellectual property operation service system, an international hub port of Shanghai intellectual property, an intellectual property platform in Pudong New Area, a copyright service center in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone and the Pudong branch of the National Overseas Intellectual Property Dispute Response and Guidance Center.
According to Ying He, deputy director of the Pudong New Area Intellectual Property Office, the plan indicates the five aspects of Pudong’s intellectual property rights and 20 key tasks during the “14th Five-Year Plan” period. The Opinions on Opening Up and Building a Leading Area for Socialist Modernization Construction is already underway.
For example, the “Leading District Opinions” clearly states to “support Pudong to establish intellectual property service stations for companies to be listed on the Science and Technology Innovation Board”. At present, a work plan for promoting intellectual property services for companies that are to be listed on the Science and Technology Innovation Board has been formulated, aiming to provide listed companies with comprehensive services such as comprehensive intellectual property distribution, risk prevention, dispute response, and information guidance. It is also aimed to enhance the ability of companies to be listed on the Science and Technology Innovation Board in intellectual property creation, management, protection, and use.
In addition, multi-modal trials for invalid cases of patent reexamination and trial services for pre-examination of patent evaluation reports will be carried out. “Implementation Measures for the Linkage of Intellectual Property Execution in Pudong New Area” continue to develop comprehensive insurance types for intellectual property risks. Combined with leading the construction of the district, Pudong will realize the upgrade of the comprehensive services for intellectual property rights.
As quoted by Ying He: “Next, we will continue to promote the implementation of the plan with the goal of achieving the most convenient service and the most powerful protection, focusing on improving the intellectual property governance capabilities and governance levels, and accurately grasp the intellectual property work in Pudong. The role and positioning of quality development ensure that the development of the intellectual property industry keeps up other developments and provides greater assistance to promote the high-quality economic and social development of Pudong.”