On April 23, just before the World IP Day, the Office of the National Leading Group on the Fight against IPR Infringement and Counterfeiting (NLGO) organized the 2021 Bulk Disposal of Counterfeits and Inferior-Quality Goods in the city of Xianning, Hubei Province. At the invitation of NLGO, Quality Brands Protection Committee Chair (QBPC) Michael Ding participated in the meeting and made a speech.
Director General of the Office of the NLGO and Deputy Minister of State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) Gan Lin supervised the disposal and made a speech. Representatives of NLGO member agencies, relevant foreign missions, industry associations and right holders witnessed the event on the spot. Meanwhile fourteen branch venues were set up in Beijing, Hebei, Shanxi, Inner Mongolia, Jilin, Shanghai, Jiangsu, Shandong, Henan, Hunan, Guangdong, Chongqing, Guizhou and Gansu. There was a cloud live broadcast of simultaneous disposal activities. The event aimed at pushing forward the implementation of the Opinions on Strengthening the Disposal of Infringing and Counterfeiting Goods, creating deterrence over illegal and criminal activities involving producing and selling counterfeiting commodities. It could help to optimize a business environment of marketization, legalization and internationalization.
The event was hosted by Deputy Director General of NLGO and Deputy Director-General of Law Enforcement and Inspection Department of (SAMR) Lu Zhengmin. Head of Hubei Leading Office and Deputy Governor of Hubei Zhang Wenbing, Deputy Director General of GAC Zhou Yachun and Deputy Party Secretary and Mayor Wang Yuanhe made remarks respectively.
In his speech, Michael Ding said that he was honored to represent QBPC at the event. According to Chinese laws and regulations, relevant administrative authorities and judicial organs should timely seize the infringing and inferior-quality products, exclude them from legal markets and finally conduct disposal. The disposal action could safeguard not only the interests of consumers but also the rights of brand owners while highlighting the strength and transparency of IP protection in China. He believed that the event would further enhance the public awareness of IP protection as well as the confidence of right holders running business in China. It was in line with the theme of World IP Day “Taking Big Ideas to Market” to jointly promote the sustainable growth of the Chinese economy through technological innovation and brand building based on joint governance by multiple parties. Without a good environment and soil of IP protection, big ideas would wither like flowers on their way to the market without any chance to blossom and bear fruits.
Since its foundation in 2000, QBPC had always worked closely and communicated frequently with enforcement authorities and judicial organs at both central and local levels. It had made suggestions on the legislation and amendment of relevant laws, regulations and judicial interpretations, collaborated with authorities on cracking down on infringement and counterfeiting, help identify the confiscated fake products, and supported bulk disposal activities. The aim was to jointly push forward the optimization of China’s IP environment for businesses. On April 14, QBPC successfully held 2021 Top Ten Cases Review, which showcased the latest development and experience in IP administrative, criminal and civil enforcement through 63 cases submitted by QBPC members.
Finally, on behalf of QBPC, Michael Ding expressed his gratitude towards the colleagues from relevant enforcement authorities and judicial organs for their relentless efforts and contribution to IP protection in China.