China approves first patent proposal
Recently, a revision proposal presented by China concerning botanical pesticide
in the International Patent Classification (IPC) has been approved by the World
Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). It is the first time for China, a member
state of WIPO to propose a revision proposal with respect to international patent
affairs and get approval. It demonstrates that China is transforming from a
passive receiver and executor of international regulations of intellectual property
to an active participant and policy-maker. Moreover, it shows that China has
entered the international intellectual property arena to exert its dynamic
The 15th meeting of the IPC revision working group of WIPO was held in Geneva
from May 29 to June 2, 2006. At the meeting, the revision proposal C432
concerning subdivision of botanical pesticide A01N65/00 prepared by the State
Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People's Republic of China was
approved and became SIPO's first revision proposal approved by WIPO in the
field of IPC.
China has distinguishing features in terms of traditional knowledge, wherein the
number of patent about botanic pesticide accounts for a large proportion. As of
March 31, 2006, the total number of patent document relating to botanic
pesticides around the world is 5,112, of which 1,096 are filed in China.
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