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China issues IPR protection, application plan for 2021******
BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- China has recently issued a major plan on IPR protection and application work for the 14th Five-Year Plan period (2021-2025), highlighting innovation, application and protection in the sector, according to IPR authorities.
The plan is a blueprint with detailed targets and measures for the country to embark on a journey to strengthen its intellectual property undertakings, the National Intellectual Property Administration (NIPA) said.
Aside from proposing quantitative indicators, the plan clearly sets new targets for China's IPR work on protection, application, services level and international cooperation, according to Shen Changyu, head of the NIPA.
"All these targets and indicators have been drafted to ensure the fulfillment of China's phased goals to strengthen its power in the IPR sector," said Shen.
The key quantitative indicators for the 2021-2025 period will have been reached when the number of high-value invention patents per 10,000 people hits 12, when the number of patents granted overseas hits 90,000, and when the annual import and export volume of intellectual property royalties hits 350 billion yuan (about 54.7 billion U.S. dollars).
Another indicator will have been reached when the added value of patent-intensive industries accounts for 13 percent of GDP, and that of copyright industries 7.5 percent, according to the plan.
The plan outlines five key tasks for the upcoming five years of IPR protection work to stimulate innovation vitality, sustain the development of the real economy, benefit the people through innovation, serve the open economy, and boost talent and the cultivation of culture.
To meet the targets, the NIPA has launched 15 specialized projects in four major sectors: IPR protection, industrial transfer, the construction of a services system, and talent cultivation.
The projects will reach diverse and key IPR protection work fields, including trade secrets, data, new plant varieties, geographical indications, trademarks, copyright, public services and education.
According to China's 15-year plan (2021-2035) on IPR development released in September, the country has ordered stricter IPR protection, a high level of public satisfaction, and a greater IPR market value by 2025. By 2035, China's IPR competitiveness will rank among the top globally. Enditem
Preview: Pressure on Spanish trio in Tuesday's Champions League ties******
MADRID, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- Three Spanish sides play at home in the Champions League on Tuesday night in games they have no option but to win if they want to progress into the knockout stages of the competition.。
FC Barcelona play at home to Benfica in Xavi Hernandez's second game in charge knowing that anything other than a win against the Portuguese side is likely to see them knocked out of the tournament.。
Barca currently have two points more than the side that beat them 3-0 in their first meeting in the group stage, but with a visit to play Bayern Munich in the last group game, it's unlikely they will get anything in the last round of group matches.。
A win would take Barca five points clear and assure their place in the last 16, which is so important to their economy.。
Xavi is still without Ansu Fati, Martin Braithwaite, Sergino Dest and Pedri which limit his options of squad rotating and is again likely to put his faith in the club's youngsters.。
Villarreal are at home to Manchester United in a repeat of last season's Europa League final, with the two sides currently tied on seven points in their qualifying group, with Atalanta just two points behind.。
A win for either team would put them into the next round, but a draw would leave everything open until the last game.。
Manchester United travel with Michael Carrick in temporary charge after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was sacked on Sunday in the wake of their 4-1 humiliation to Watford on Saturday and it's almost impossible to predict how they will play.。
United were dreadful in Watford and have been poor in a lot of games, but Villarreal will be worried that Solskjaer's departure will provoke a reaction from players who have been nowhere near their best form this season and the Spanish club will remember the disappointment of their last-minute defeat in Old Trafford in their first meeting.。
Sevilla are currently bottom of Group G, but still have a decent chance of qualifying given that they are just two points behind Tuesday's rivals Wolfsburg and second place Lille, who play group leaders RB Salzburg in a very close group. Enditem。