Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Pressure On China To Enforce IPR Started Early/Late?

A senior Chinese IPR governor, who remained unnamed in the Xinhua article, did not expect that China would be under internationa pressure on its handling of intellectual property rights already. The title of the Xinhua article 'China faces international pressure on IPR earlier than expected' is as strange as the remark of the unnamed Chinese IPR governor.

China did not expect international pressure so early?

From 2002 onwards, the USTR has already been urging China to better enforce its IPR, besides other countries and the EU.

"Among the 111 complaints the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC) has lodged under Section 337 of the Tariff Act of 1930, 42 have been against Chinese enterprises," according to Tian Lipu, director of SIPO. See the filed complaints here.

Available under Section 337 investigations is an exclusion order that directs Customs to stop infringing imports from entering the United States. In addition, the Commission may issue cease and desist orders against named importers and other persons engaged in unfair acts that violate Section 337. Expedited relief in the form of temporary exclusion orders and temporary cease and desist orders may also be available in certain exceptional circumstances. Read about Section 337: Insiders Chinese Ink Cartridge Dispute About Section 337: "Weapon of Mass Destruction"

Read the Xinhua article on People's Daily Online here.

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