Progress has been made in establishing a framework for protecting intellectual property rights but poor enforcement and local protectionism remain a problem, a forum held to mark the sixth International IPR day was told. "IPR protection will not only remain a long-term and arduous undertaking, but also face higher requirements, heavier tasks and greater difficulties," Vice-Premier Wu Yi said. The State Council released a 19-point policy document on boosting IPR protection through to 2008 which pledged to hold local authorities to account and cut down on exports of pirated goods. Nevertheless, China's record on IPR was still criticized by foreign representatives at the forum. Chris Israel, the US coordinator for international intellectual property enforcement, said 69% of fake goods seized by US customs came from China. Hartmut Schauerte, parliamentary state secretary of Germany's Ministry of Science and Technology, claimed that China is responsible for 60% of Europe's pirated goods.
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