Ten years of enforcement in China
Tim Browning and Carol Wang of Rouse & Co look back over the last 10 years of IP in China and offer a perspective on how enforcement has developed
Like much about China in the past 10 years, the story of IP
protection is marked by a stunning breadth and speed of change.
As Judge Jiang Zhipei, Chief Justice of the IP Tribunal of the
Supreme People's Court puts it: "We started much later than
developed nations, but we are catching up quickly; faster than
anyone could ever have expected." With full accession to the
WTO and a complete revision of the relevant laws and
regulations, China has developed a comprehensive legal
framework for IP protection that is now nearly fully compliant
with the TRIPs Agreement. Problems remain for sure, but China
has come a long way.
The early days
Prior to the opening of the economy in the early 1980s,
China did not pose much of a problem as a production centre for
counterfeit and pirated products. Most factories were
controlled by the state and produced goods according to the
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