April 18, 2007

It was recently announced that China will soon be releasing its formal plan to protect the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games logo in an attempt to curb the amount of pirated goods relating to the Olympics. In the Business Week article (link below), the deputy head of the trademark department under the Chinese State Administration for Industry and Commerce (SAIC), Zhao Gang, stated that “[w]e will issue a new plan soon to prevent the infringement of the Olympic logo," and that “[d]uring the 2008 Olympic Games, we will launch effective measures to ensure that this great sports event is as free as possible of any IPR violations." According to the China Daily news article (link below), Zhao also stated that "[i]t is incorrect to say that China is only serious in protecting IPRs [intellectual property rights] related to the Olympic Games … [a]ctually, we have been very consistent and serious about IPR protection in all areas." This article also noted that in 2006 alone, over 50,000 counterfeiting “incidents” were investigated in China, resulting in the destruction of over 30 million counterfeit goods. Specific details on the SAIC plan have not yet been released.

Business Week Article: LINK
China Daily News Article: LINK
SAIC Website: LINK
Official Beijing 2008 Olympics Website: LINK


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