|• Training courses for national and foreign participants, use of audiovisual means
SIPO has built up an e-learning platform in China Intellectual Patent Training Center (CIPTC). The center has completed the following work:
Since the establishment of the platform in 2002, CIPTC has offered 15 sessions of e-learning courses including the video and audio joint course "Basic Knowledge of IP law", the audio courses "Patent Documentation and Searching", "Copyright", "Anti-unfair Competition", "Practice of Patent Agents", "International IPR Protection", "Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property System", and 24,498 students have taken the courses. In addition, the platform has also established college sub-websites in four universities, opened a sub-website in Henan province, which provides the video and audio joint course "Basic Knowledge of IP law".
14 sessions of audio courses of DL101 e-learning education on IP in cooperation with WIPO Worldwide Academy have been provided by the center, among which 2 sessions for 950 trainees were offered in 2007.
Further more, the center has made 3000 copies of video CD of "IP Study for Government Officials" by the end of 2007, which were distributed to the governmental officials at the municipal and sub-municipal level.
• Assistance to developing countries (sending consultants and experts, receiving trainees from developing countries, etc.)
SIPO held the "Asian Regional Intellectual Property Seminar" for 24 intellectual property officials from 18 Asian countries and regional organizations in Beijing on March 2007，which aimed to advance intellectual property level of the whole Asia and to create a supportive environment for cooperation in this region.
SIPO also held the second China-Mongolia Intellectual Property legal System Seminar with IPOM in Mongolia on June 2007, and signed the "Supplementary Agreement to the Record of Discussion between SIPO and IPOM" which aimed to address computerization-related problems for IPOM.
SIPO hosted various delegations from Asian countries including intellectual property officials, officials and presidents of business organizations and international companies, researchers from academic and research communities. These visitors visited SIPO to learn about our legal system, the administrative procedures, how IPRs were protected and enforced in the P.R China, and the functions and responsibilities of SIPO.
• Promotional activities (seminars, exhibitions, visits, advertising, etc.)
SIPO strives in every possible way and gives full exertion to news media and modern network for a better public awareness of the necessity and importance of the respect and protection for IPR. It also strengthened its guidance to local publicity. Major actions taken in recent years include:
SIPO has cooperated with the China Central TV (CCTV) to run the CCTV Innovation Grand Ceremony and its prize awarding ceremony in three consecutive years;
Since 2002, SIPO has joined the Chinese Inventions Association and the ALL-China Women's Federation in holding the selection of Female Inventors in the New Century for three times;
In April 2007, through cooperation between SIPO and the CCTV Law Channel, April was defined as the month for IPR publicity to disseminate IPR in all aspects. A series of IPR public advertisements were made and broadcasted in all main TV stations throughout China.
On April 26, 2007, SIPO launched its Open Day Campaign with "Walking Close to IPR" as the theme. Around 200 representatives from all fields and around 30 representatives from various embassies and consulates in China visited SIPO.
SIPO has held many national and international seminars, of which the CIPTC has completed the following work:
In 2007, the center held 86 training seminars, an increase of 72% over last year. The number of trainees including patent examiners, people from courts, colleges, enterprises and IP agencies is over 20, 000. Curriculums cover following eight fields: Training Program for the Patent Examiners, Training Program for IP Agencies, Training Program for IP Administrative Departments, IP Training Program for Enterprises, Training Program for Government Officials, Training Program for IP teachers, LLM Program and IP Training Program in Western Regions.
In 2007, the center organized IP lectures in 12 colleges for promoting IP knowledge, and 4500 people participated.
In 2007, the center was recognized as a partner of the intellectual property international training institute of WIPO and obtained WIPO Certificate for Excellence in Intellectual Property Training. The center held 9 international training seminars for 630 trainees and received 52 foreign guests from international organizations and other national IP offices.
The center developed cooperation with John Marshall Law School and Bengamnin N.Cardozo School of Law in US.
The center also developed cooperative relationship with International Intellectual Property Training Institute (IIPTI) in Korea. The two institutes began to exchange visitors from 2002 and jointly at the first time organized a seminar in Weihai, China in 2007.
• Studies to identify trends on new technology, e.g., by use of patent statistics and preparation of monographs
SIPO develops science researches in many technological fields, including the electrostatic spinning, magnetic levitation in railway transportation, computer program, fuel cells, mobile communication, antibodies, stem cells, medicine for hepatitis B virus prevention, agriculture chemistry, the display of liquid crystal, plasma, organic electroluminescent and photonic crystal fiber, sea water desalination by reverse osmosis, up-conversion laser and luminescent materials.
• Assistance furnished by offices to facilitate the changing over of receiving offices to electronic data carriers for the exchange of patent documents (see also fourth sub-item of item VI, above)
SIPO initiatively develops the data exchange with other offices, and offers patent data in various forms including CD/DVD.