China and the European Union upgrade the dialogue on Intellectual Property and sign a Memorandum of Understanding

On 29 June 2015, the European Union and China have celebrated in Brussels the ten years’ anniversary of the structured annual dialogue on Intellectual Property Rights, in the wider context of the 17th EU-China summit. In a joint statement released after the summit, Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, “reconfirmed the importance of the EU-China IP Dialogue and applauded the progress achieved in the past 10 years. They reconfirmed their commitment to reinforcing cooperation on the protection and enforcement of Intellectual Property.”
 
The EU-China IP Dialogue has been reinforced with the signature of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) by the European Commissioner for Trade, Cecilia Malmström, and the Chinese Minister of Commerce, Gao Hucheng. According to a press release, the main objective of the MoU is “the improvement of the IP environment as one of the key conditions to promote creativity, innovation and investment, and the deepening of mutual understanding and public awareness of IP issues in the EU and China. It includes mutual commitment to developing joint initiatives to support the protection and enforcement of IP rights, including trade secrets, and the fight against online counterfeiting and piracy.” The MoU will upgrade the IP dialogue between the two parts by putting a Vice-Minister of Commerce in charge of the dialogue on the Chinese side and a Commission Deputy Director General in charge from the EU.
 
On 30 June, the day following the signature of the MoU, a first EU-China meeting on IPR matters was held under the new format of the dialogue.
 
See here the website dedicated to the ten years celebration and find here the European Commission’s press release.