China National Intellectual Property Administration and Education Ministry launched the national primary and secondary school intellectual property education pilot demonstration program in 2015. As of now, pilot schools certified by the state have reached 112, scattering around all the provinces except Tibet.
According to the statistics from the China National Intellectual Property Administration, the number of trademark registration applications is 6.017 million in the first 10 months in 2018, up 36.4% year on year. The number of trademarks via the Madrid International Trademark Registration System is 4,640, ranking No.3 on the global scale.
Yangling Grape in Xinji Village of Yangling Demonstration Zone in Shaanxi province was registered as geographical indication (GI) certification trademark, the Zone's first. In recent years, the Zone produces 6.6 million kilograms of grapes annually, which translates into 40 million yuan in sales revenue and an income of 15,000 yuan per head.
The Third China Dual-Use Technology Innovation and Application Competition was held in Hunan province. 42 Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards were granted among 775 innovation products recommended from 28 provinces and municipalities. Sixteen investment projects locked contracts during the competition, hauling in 609 million yuan.
Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial is in talks to buy WorldFirst, the UK-based international payments group, for about $700m. The deal, if completed, would mark Ant Financial's first big move into the UK market, although its Alipay service is already accepted in some retailers.
——China's Ant Financial in Talks to Buy WorldFirst for $700m, by Financial Times
The acquisition plan reveals Ant Financial's determination to go out, especially to enter the American and European markets. As an independent financial company, Ant Financial represents the innovation ability of Alibaba. The innovative ideas of Alibaba make it share a portion of world market while bringing more convenience for the public.