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TCM makers ignore patent protection

(Global Times)

08:56, April 23, 2012

Scholars and practitioners of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) advocated for more protection of intellectual property rights in the TCM industry.

According to the World Intellectual Property Organization, only 0.3 percent of China's 10,943 patented TCM products are globally registered.

According to Zhang Qingkui, a senior official at the State Intellectual Property Office, many of China's TCM companies put little effort into the protection and registration of their products. They think patents are just for Western medicines, which has led to the loss of many opportunities, Zhang added.

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