Beijing Launches Antipiracy Campaign
December 2, 2010 Leave a comment
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.