China office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) was established in Beijing on July 10. WIPO Director General Francis Gurry said that the establishment was a milestone for China to get deeply involved in the world's intellectual property system. He also expressed his appreciation for China's achievements in international patent application submitted by way of Patent Cooperation Treaty.
Shen Changyu said that, as of the end of last year, China's invention patent applications have ranked first in the world for three consecutive years, trademark registration applications have ranked first in the world for 12 consecutive years, and copyright registration and application of new varieties of plants are all at the forefront in the international arena. Shen said that, over 30 years after China joined the World Intellectual Property Organization in 1980 , China IPR-related departments have participated in 19 international treaties under jurisdiction of WIPO, becoming one of the most dynamic and most important members in the arena of world intellectual property. China office of WIPO will provide Chinese companies and innovators with international services of intellectual property, to help them better participate in international cooperation and exchange of intellectual property rights, and turn China into an intellectual power from an intellectual country.