Thursday, December 15, 2005

WTO: waiting for dispute settlement between US, Japan, Switzerland and China

What is happening at the WTO? Yesterday to my knowledge nothing IP relevant happened at the WTO. If I am wrong please inform me ipdragon (at)

However, I found a nice summary at Yale Global where Dr. Susan Ariel Aaronson and Jamie M. Zimmerman summarised what we are waiting for:

"But now both Chinese and foreign intellectual property owners can benefit from the WTO’s dispute settlement system. This month the United States, Japanese, and Swiss governments filed a formal request with the WTO for information from China on the country’s IPR enforcement efforts. Based on these findings, the US and its allies may challenge Chinese enforcement of IPR under binding WTO dispute settlement mechanisms. If they are successful in that dispute, China would have to change its ways or risk retaliation as well as lower levels of foreign investment."

Read more here.

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