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On April 27, 2018, the Zhongguancun Intellectual Property Promotion Conference 2018 was held in Beijing. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Beijing Municipal Intellectual Property Office, the Management Committee of the Zhongguancun Science Park, and the Center for Patent Examination Collaboration Beijing Center of the Patent Office of the State Intellectual Property Office of China. Zhongguancun Intellectual Property Promotion Bureau and the Capital Intellectual Property Service Industry Association jointly organized the conference. The topic of the conference was “Optimizing Patent Management Services; Assisting Science and Innovation Center Construction.” During the conference, 13 patent attorneys from BEIP were appointed by Zhongguancun Intellectual Property Promotion Bureau as Zhongguancun foreign intellectual property service experts.
Lixin ZHAI, the director of Zhongguancun Management Committee, stated in his speech that intellectual property plays an important supporting role in promoting the development of high-precision and advanced industries of Zhongguancun. In 2017, the number of patent applications filed by enterprises in the Zhongguancun demonstration area topped 70,000 for the very first time, including 44,000 applications for invention patents, which accounted for 68.2% of the total number of invention patent applications filed in Beijing during the same period; the number of granted invention patents was nearly 20,000, wherein valid invention patents exceeded 80,000.