Protecting Intellectual Property Rights in Chinese Courts: An Analysis of Recent Patent Judgements
Mei Ying Gechlik (Veron Hung)
Carnegie Endowment, Carnegie Paper No. 78, January 2007, 28p
"Since China joined the World Trade Organization (WTO) in December 2001, the country’s commitment to abiding by the global body’s rules has captured the attention of businesses and policy makers in the United States. Such attention is likely to grow because the Democrats are expected to use their regained power in Congress to toughen their stance on China trade issues, including intellectual property protection. Much of the discussion of China’s intellectual property protection has focused on the infringement of patents, copyrights, and trademarks. Though the magnitude of the problem warrants the focus, businesses and policy makers should know that problems pertaining to intellectual property could emerge before infringement happens." The author “analyzes the trends of successful and failed patent lawsuits and presents steps foreign companies can take to better protect their intellectual property in China.” Gechlik points out that “[w]henever China’s commitment to strengthening intellectual property rights is in doubt, the Chinese authorities should be reminded that one important determinant of a country’s economic development and its leading status in the world is its competency to develop advanced technologies.” Dr. Mei Y. Gechlik is a non-resident associate in the Carnegie Endowment’s China Program.
Go to the paper at: http://www.carnegieendowment.org/files/cp_78_gechlikpatent_final.pdf
B9/02-07. Posted March 26, 07