China premier promises piracy push

Gov to implement measures to improve protection

BEIJING — Ahead of his trip to Europe, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao underlined his country’s commitment to stamping out piracy but said more time was needed to properly implement measures to improve the protection of intellectual property rights.

“China’s IPR protection efforts will carry the full force of steel, and it will definitely not be something that is soft as bean curd,” the Chinese leader told journalists.

Wen is the second-most powerful man in the Chinese government after President Hu Jintao.

China has been making some highly public efforts to clamp down on pirates. In one month, as part of a 100-day campaign, enforcement officers have closed more than 3,000 shops around the country selling pirate DVDs and software.

Linking protection of intellectual property rights to the country’s efforts to become more innovative, Wen outlined legal and administrative efforts to help boost the crackdown on piracy, including important revisions to patent, copyright and trademark law.

He said law enforcement was being strengthened and efforts were afoot to raise public awareness of the importance of protecting intellectual property rights. China will also step up foreign cooperation.

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