— Published 15 February 2022

China protects its assets

Predictable. China has taken every precaution, and more, to protect the intellectual property rights (IPR) of Olympic symbols, especially those directly related to the 2022 Winter Games, from piracy and counterfeiting. Wang Songlin, an official of the China Market Regulation Authority, told a press conference that more than 240 infringements of Olympic symbols have been identified since the launch of a nationwide campaign against illegal trade last year. In total, the list of protected items includes 63 Olympic symbols, plus 14 patent applications and 315 trademarks registered by the Beijing 2022 Organising Committee. Unsurprisingly, the official mascot, the Bing Dwen Dwen panda, is the most protected in the catalogue. It is also the most likely to be copied. But the Chinese official assured us that its rights are very well protected.