Copyright agreement between China and Britain signed
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Issued on 03 September 2010
British companies doing business in China will be helped by a new agreement
between the two nations on copyright.
Intellectual Property Minister Baroness Wilcox today signed a new Memorandum of
Understanding on copyright with Liu Binjie, Minister of the National Copyright
Administration of the People’s Republic of China.
The agreement will see both countries cooperate and work together on copyright
issues to help to promote a strong national and international economy.
Intellectual Property Minister, Baroness Wilcox said:
“I am delighted to sign this agreement, which promises to bring the two
countries closer together in this significant field.
“This agreement will see our two nations work together to improve the prospects
for businesses in both countries.
“UK firms will be helped to understand and therefore access the Chinese market.
The agreement will also help develop ways of protecting companies in both
countries from missing out on the benefits of their creativity through piracy
“This government is committed to helping British companies export and this
agreement is part of efforts to help firms grow overseas.
“I look forward to seeing the benefits this agreement will bring to our two
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding, the two countries will share
ideas and best practice while also promoting the importance of intellectual
The agreement will also see Britain and China seek coordination on copyright
issues while looking for opportunities for development and training in copyright
Regular assessments of progress made under the agreement will be carried out.
• The IPO is within the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and
responsible for the national framework of intellectual property rights,
comprising patents, designs, trade marks and copyright.
• Its role is to help manage an IP system that encourages innovation and
creativity, balances the needs of consumers and users, promotes strong and
competitive markets and is the foundation of the knowledge based economy.
• It operates in a national and an international environment and its work is
governed by national and international law, including various international
treaties relating to IP to which the United Kingdom is a party.
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