BEIJING, May 16 (Xinhua) -- A leading Chinese law organization promised to continue helping companies in Belt and Road countries to enter the Chinese market with better protection of intellectual property rights (IPR).
"Following the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, the office will continue to provide professional and efficient IPR services for companies from Belt and Road countries to trade and invest in China," Ma Hao, president of China Council for the Protection of International Trade (CCPIT) Patent and Trademark Law Office, told Xinhua.
Representatives from over 130 countries and regions were in Beijing for the forum held on Sunday and Monday.
Ma said the office will increase cooperation with IPR organizations in Belt and Road countries and help companies to improve IPR protection and management.
According to Ma, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office has applied 353 patents and registered 1,844 patents in China for companies from over 30 Belt and Road countries, including Russia, Israel and Singapore, since 2015.
The office also helped Chinese companies entering Belt and Road countries, he said.
It has applied 278 patents and registered 1,467 trademarks for Chinese companies in Belt and Road countries since 2015, Ma said.
He mentioned the illegally registration of the trademark of Chinese oil company Sinopec in Africa as an example.
With the help of the office, the Sinopec trademark was declared null and void by the African court.
Beginning service in 1957, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office is one of the oldest and largest intellectual property law firms in China.