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In July, 1898, Emperor Guangxu, the ninth emperor of the Qing Dynasty, after adopting the opinions put forward by the Reformist School, approved the promulgation of Rules on Rewarding Rejuvenation of Technics, the first patent regulations in nature in the history of China, thus starting the history of lawmaking in intellectual property in China. In 1904, Experimental Regulations on Trade Mark Registration were formulated by the government of the Qing Dynasty, and in 1910, Law of the Qing Dynasty on Copyright was also promulgated.

Intellectual property laws in China have since then gone through various successions and changes from the periods governed by the Provisional Government of the 1911 Revolution, Northern Warlords Government, Beijing Government and Nanking Government of the Republic of China to the founding of the People's Republic of China.

On August 23, 1982, Trademark Law of the People's Republic of China was promulgated, symbolizing the start of a brand-new legislation era of intellectual property in China.
No one will doubt the necessity of intellectual property protection nowadays, and the intellectual property protection has never been as widely concerned throughout the whole world as it is today. However, as is well known that the intellectual property system originated from the western world. So China still has a long way to go for developing and perfecting its modern intellectual property system due to the vast cultural differences between the east and the west.

How can we balance impartially the interests between the obligee and the public? How can we protect the intellectual property of different principal parts with equality and rationality? And how can we unify perfectly the modern intellectual property system with the protection of the splendid traditional Chinese culture? These are three questions that have to be considered in depth by each Chinese who is committing himself to the study and the practice of China intellectual property law.
With these speculations in mind, some strong-minded and decent Beijing lawyers and jurists with conscience and sense of justice jointly established this website named China Intellectual Property Lawyers(CIPLAWYER) in 2006 by drawing on collective wisdom and absorbing all useful ideas, by which they try to contribute their pygmy efforts for the development and perfection of intellectual property protection and to promote nomocracy in China through such measures as publicizing justice and opposing infringement of rights.

Lao Zi, a famous ancient Chinese ideologist, once said, “A huge tree that fills one's arms grows from a tiny seedling; a nine-storied tower rises from a heap of earth; a thousand li journey starts with the first step.” 

Though only 100 years have passed since the birth of China intellectual property system, it has rooted deeply in China. Therefore, we have every reason to believe that a unique intellectual property system with uncommon vitality will definitely be gestated on the thick and splendid cultural soil of the Chinese nation, thus propelling the great renaissance of the Chinese nation.
We are still on the way, looking piously towards the farthest.
Xu Xinming (from CIPLAWYER)
April 26, 2008
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