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Govt software deadline gives IPR big boost

By Ding Qingfen and Chen Limin  (China Daily)

08:03, December 22, 2011

BEIJING - All government departments at, and above, county level will use licensed software by the end of 2013 in the latest move to protect intellectual property rights (IPR).

Industry insiders predicted that the move will create a wave of business opportunities for software providers, especially for foreign brands.

A source from the Ministry of Commerce said all government departments in 600 cities and 2,900 counties will use licensed software by the end of 2013, while the 31 provincial-level governments will promote the use of licensed software by the end of next June.

The move came after 135 central government departments, including all ministries, completed installing licensed software at a cost of more than 140 million yuan ($22 million) in May.

This is a demonstration of the government's strong commitment to protecting IPR and improving the business environment amid criticism over the use of pirated and fake goods, experts said.

The agreement to have licensed software installed in all local government departments was struck at a meeting of the China-US Joint Commission of Commerce and Trade held in Chengdu, Sichuan province, last month, the source said.

During the two-day meeting China said it will make IPR protection a national long-term task.

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