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 central...
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