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China can take action against IPR violation, reveals survey

Posted: 04 May 2007     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:AmCham China survey  China IPR violation  China IPR policy 

China's initiative regarding intellectual property rights (IPR) protection in the country received a satisfactory rating as a new survey from American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham China) suggests that the government is both capable and willing to take action against IPR violations.

In a Xinhua report quoting the 2007 AmCham China Business Climate Survey, 44.2 per cent of the U.S. companies operating in China said the situation regarding IPR infringements has improved, while 48.1 per cent said it had stayed the same, and another 7.7 per cent said it had deteriorated.

Regarding public security enforcement on IPR cases, the survey revealed that 51 per cent of the companies saw improvement in the system. Meanwhile, 47 per cent of the poll respondents said it remained the same, while 2 per cent said the system had deteriorated. Regarding their experience with Chinese customs enforcement on IPR, 43 per cent of the surveyed companies indicated it had improved while 57 per cent said it had stayed the same.

"Over the past year, evidence has continued to mount that the Chinese government is serious in its intention to bring IPR protection order to the local market. Last year, various legal initiatives were launched in the country as well as campaigns against piracy. These reflect a positive development of China's initiative on IPR protection and also "promote its homegrown innovation," said AmCham China.

Recent developments on China's IPR protection strategy involve the reported release of the Action Plan on IPR Protection by the National Working Group for IPR Protection. Local reports also cited that China's National IPR Strategy Formulation is expected to be completed by end of June.

Last month, China's IPR protection efforts came under fire when the United States filed two WTO cases against the country regarding copyright and distribution barriers.

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