China and Africa to deepen cooperation on intellectual property

14:25, March 30, 2011      

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China's State Administration for Industry and Commerce and the African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) signed a memorandum of cooperation and understanding in Cameroon's capital Yaounde on March 28 to further strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the field of intellectual property.

Under the memorandum of cooperation and understanding, the two countries will establish a basic framework for bilateral cooperation and launch activities, such as information exchange, recognition of best practices and capacity construction, to improve the management of the intellectual property systems of both parties and to improve efficiency.

The two parties agreed to discuss practical issues on trademark and the anti-unfair competition issues related to intellectual property, such as malicious applications for trademarks, business secret protection and Internet-related intellectual property protection, and to exchange relevant information, especially intellectual property laws, rules and regulations and regulatory documents.

Paulin Edou Edou, director general of the OAPI, said that Africa should learn from China's strategy of revitalizing the country through science, education and human resources development, as well as its national intellectual property strategy. Member countries of the OAPI are eager to enhance cooperation with China.

By People's Daily Online


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