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Trump pushes investigation into China IP: what’s next?

Karry Lai, Asialaw, Hong Kong


President Trump has authorised an inquiry into China’s alleged theft of the intellectual property of US companies. While some believe this to be Trump’s way of forcing China to increase pressure against North Korea to stop developing nuclear weapons, others think Trump’s concern about how "IP theft" is affecting US businesses is genuine

Lawyers, academics and business associations said that enforcement issues are the crux of the problem, but the situation is improving, and Trump’s move may put more scrutiny on IP enforcement in China.

In announcing the inquiry on August...


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