China Opens Door To Overseas Patent Applications

From Reuters: China’s parliament on Saturday passed a revised patent law that will permit inventors to seek patents in other countries before obtaining them domestically, opening the door to more filings by Chinese firms...

China targeted by US piracy initiative at WTO

From The South China Morning Post, via AsiaMedia: WTO pressures China to create a tougher intellectual property regime. Washington yesterday announced a new initiative at the World Trade Organisation to bring Beijing to heel over “rampant” copyright abuses. Backed by Japan and Switzerland, the office of US Trade Representative Rob Portman said it had launched […]

Music downloading and sharing in China – Lucy Montgomery

From INDICARE: At present, rates of music piracy are high throughout China’s audio-visual industries. Music industry executives generally quote piracy rates of between 75% and 95%. Disc piracy is common, particularly in wealthier cities along China’s eastern seaboard. People living in less affluent or developed areas still use pirated audio cassettes, which are cheaper to […]

Chris Buckley: Patent Pitfalls on China’s Road of Clones

From The International Herald Tribune, via YaleGlobal: As part of a drive to both improve the rule of law and encourage entrepreneurship, China is seeking to improve its patent regulations. For Chinese inventors, patents both in China and abroad mean increased revenue and access to new markets. Unfortunately, despite the many efforts that Chinese innovators […]

75% colleges unaware of IPR protection: survey

From Xinhua,via China Daily: A large number of China’s colleges and universities are unaware of their intellectual property rights, according to a recent survey. The survey, conducted by the Zhejiang Polytechnic University at the request of the State Intellectual Property Office, shows that 75 percent of China’s colleges and universities have never or have applied […]

Howard French: Whose Patent Is It, Anyway?

From The New York Times: Each shift, 200 workers, most of them women in smocks and bibs, labor in a factory tucked away in hilly farmland outside this city assembling a single product, one-inch hard drives. As China’s emerging industrial centers go, Guiyang is an obscure outpost, bearing little resemblance to the booming factory towns […]

Who Should Be in China’s Jails

From The Christian Science Monitor: “Anyone who’s visited a backstreet market in China’s capital has probably been accosted by someone selling inexpensive music CDs, movie DVDs, or computer software. The discs themselves are made in China. Cheap labor sees to that. But the information on the discs – the new ideas and creativity – mostly […]

New IP mindset taking hold in China

From Electronic Engineering Time: “While the intellectual property (IP) scene is becoming complicated every other day, what probably worries some electronic industry observers most is IP regimens in mainland China. At a time when design activities in the mainland are doubling every year and territory’s fab capacity is going through a hyper growth period, protection […]

Intellectual property faces perils in China, study warns

“Companies need a game plan to protect intellectual property before investing in China, or risk being stripped of their ideas and opportunities, says a report released today by Boston Consulting Group. “China is home to a tangle of IP issues, with large sums of money and future strategic positions at stake,” says the report, Facing […]

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