CIPPM and University of China Academy of Sciences held the dissemination conference of the project “Regulating Internet Intermediaries in China: Legal and Empirical Evidence for better policy making” in New World Hotel, Beijing on 26th February 2017. The project is funded by Arts & Humanities Research Council UK and managed by the AHRC Centre for Digital Copyright and IP Research in China, Ningbo. Led by Dr Lingling Wei, the project team consists of CIPPM researchers (Professor Maurizio Borghi, Dr Fabian and Dr Marcella Favale) and UCAS researchers (Professor Shunde Li and Dr Xianjue Luo).
IP protection problems as the result of Internet-based technology and business innovation have wide repercussions on economic growth, consumer interests and cultural prosperity. This project has therefore addressed the question of how China could develop a regulatory framework that
(1) adequately protects IP interests
(2) is compatible with the business models of Internet intermediaries
(3) is responsive to the interests of consumers, in particular the poor
(4) is consistent with the public interest in economic growth and technology and business innovation
Around 60 people attended the conferences, who were academic researchers, research students, Chinese officials and industry stake holders. The CIPPM team (Dr Lingling Wei, Professor Maurizio Borghi, Dr Fabian and Dr Marcella Favale) presented the project findings. Prof Maurizio Borghi then led a roundtable discussion participated by the leading judge from Beijing Intellectual Property Court, the officials from Trademark Office of the State Administration for Industry and Commerce of China and National Copyright Administration of China, and representatives from IFPI, JingDong, Alibaba and Tencent. The attendants are well engaged in the conference and showed great interest in the project.