Innovative elements of knockoffs should be encouraged: official

14:46, December 01, 2010      

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It is more important to recognize the innovative elements in knockoffs and protect and encourage them rather than approving or cracking down on a knockoff without any review of its intellectual property, said a senior official of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) on Tuesday.

Yang Xueshan, Vice Minister of MIIT, noted that knockoffs are a part of the notion of intellectual property rights. However, he argued both the interests of intellectual property owners and end consumers of copycat products should be considered when it comes to the intellectual property issue because both protection of intellectual property and its use are contributing to the progress of the society.

Therefore, he stressed, the key question is how to identify the intellectual property included in a copycat product. It is not fair to label a knockoff product as an intellectual property poacher without doing that. On one hand, mock products makers should pay for using intellectual property created by others to avoid any infringement. Otherwise, they should be encouraged because they are also making innovations.

He also pledged that a firm crackdown on any infringement in knockoffs would be conducted by the concerted efforts of the MIIT as the administration of the manufacturing industry and other relevant government agencies.

By Li Jia, People's Daily Online


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