Beijing Launches Antipiracy Campaign

With the US-China JCCT meetings approaching in mid-December in DC, this could easily be dismissed as just be another “showcase crackdown” like the others we have seen many times in the past. But there are signs that China is beginning to turn the corner on IPR. The US government is being told that this six-month campaign will be followed by permanent changes in IPR protection enforcement and strengthened policies and penalties. Only time will tell if that is what will happen. A strong positive indicator is the statement in this WSJ article from Doug Clark. He is one of the most experienced foreign IP attorneys in China.

China regularly trumpets its efforts to address copyright infringement, patent theft and other intellectual-property crimes. Some veteran observers say that while the current campaign still has far to go, authorities seem more determined than in the past to achieve results.
“I’ve been practicing here for 17 years and have not seen a push like this one,” said Douglas Clark, an attorney at Hogan Lovells in Shanghai, who specializes in intellectual property law. Mr. Clark says the Ministry of Commerce has issued a request for complaints from foreign corporations, and that local public-security bureaus entrusted with enforcing piracy laws are now responding to grievances that, in some cases, they have ignored for the past decade. The current campaign was begun amid mounting complaints from foreign and domestic companies in China about worsening piracy, despite repeated pledges to improve the situation.


About James McGregor
James McGregor is an American author, journalist and businessman who has lived in China for more than 25 years. Currently, he is chairman of APCO Worldwide, Greater China. A professional speaker and commentator who specializes in China’s business, politics and society, he regularly appears in the media to discuss China-related topics. McGregor is the author of the books "No Ancient Wisdom, No Followers: The Challenges of Chinese Authoritarian Capitalism" (2012) and "One Billion Customers: Lessons from the Front Lines of Doing Business in China" (2005). He also wrote the 2010 report "China’s Drive for ‘Indigenous Innovation’ – A Web of Industrial Policies." From 1987 to 1990 McGregor served as The Wall Street Journal’s bureau chief in Taiwan, and from 1990 to 1994 as the paper’s bureau chief in Mainland China. From 1994 to 2000, he was chief executive of Dow Jones & Company in China. After leaving Dow Jones, he was China managing partner for GIV Venture Partners, a $140 million venture capital fund specializing in the Chinese Internet and technology outsourcing. In 1996, McGregor was elected as chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China. He also served for a decade as a governor of that organization. He is a member of the Atlantic Council, Council on Foreign Relations, National Committee on US-China Relations and International Council of the Asia Society. He serves on a variety of China-related advisory boards.

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