International trade fair focuses on AI, IPR

The 7th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair opened on Thursday with a focus on intellectual property rights.  
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A visitor checks an AI robot at the 7th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair opened on Thursday.

The 7th China (Shanghai) International Technology Fair opened on Thursday with emphasis on intellectual property protection.

The CSITF, which is co-hosted by the Ministry of Commerce, Ministry of Science and Technology, State Intellectual Property Office and Shanghai Municipal Government, is a national fair specifically focused on international technology trade.

It opened today at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Center and will last for three days.

At the forum, Shanghai Mayor Ying Yong said that innovation has always been the primary driving force for high-quality development, and Shanghai is speeding up its development as an international center for economy, finance, trade, shipping, technology innovation as well as a modern metropolis with global influence.

"We will enhance our innovation abilities, aim at the cutting-edge technologies and keep in line with the strategic needs of the country, launch a batch of special projects and plans to achieve breakthroughs," Ying said.

Shanghai will focus on building a new pattern of open innovation, gather global innovation resources and talents, strengthen intellectual property protection, promote technology trade and innovation cooperation, Ying told the assembled guests.

He Zhimin, deputy director of the State Intellectual Property Office, said that intellectual property rights, as a necessity for innovation-driven development and a standard for international trade, are crucial to enhancing China's international competitiveness, innovation and competitiveness, and are playing an increasingly important role in promoting the reform and opening up and the Belt and Road Initiative.

In 2018, the State Intellectual Property Office completed its reorganization in line with the reforms suggested by the central and state institutions. The office has promoted the management of patents, trademarks and integrated circuit design, and has enhanced the protection of intellectual property rights.

In line with Shanghai's 22 measures on promoting the development of artificial intelligence, which was released recently, AI has also become one of the highlights at the fair this year.

There is an immersive AI experience platform that brings together advanced technologies and leading companies from the field. 

Shanghai Keenon Robotics Co brought their "Peanut" delivery robots, which have been used by HaiDiLao Hotpot.

Yunji Technology's intelligent robot for commercial service "Run" was designed mainly for use in hotels. It can take the elevator on its own, deliver goods and lead the way. They have been working with hotel groups including Marriott Hotel, InterContinental Hotels Group, Ascott Hotel, and Wyndham Hotels.

Xiaoxiaoniu Creative Technologies exhibited their patented Wonder Painter technology, which can turn drawings into vivid animations. It has cooperated with South Korea's LG, with the Wonder Painter Software Development Kit being used in LG U+ for storytelling, and Baidu’s AI artist online game that is powered by Wonder Painter Cloud.

The fair has become an important platform for exhibiting leading technologies, linking innovation resources, and promoting communication and cooperation among the small and medium-sized innovation enterprises, Ying said.

"We hope to make full use of the innovative resources and the support of all parties to make the CSITF an international event as well as an important window for deepening international cooperation on innovation and boosting the development of technology trade," Ying said.


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A robot to pick up vegetable and fruit is on display.

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A drone with new material that is lighter and stronger is on display.

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