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Intellectual Property Game between China and USA: A Law and Economic Analysis of the WTO Case

60 Pages Posted: 14 Oct 2008  

Chao Zhou

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Date Written: September 20, 2008

Abstract

On 10 April, 2007, the United States requested consultations with China through DSB of WTO concerning certain measures pertaining to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights in China. The focus of this thesis is on the first argument of USTR about the thresholds for Criminal procedures and penalties. USTR argues that China lacks effective criminal deterrence and certain provisions of Chinese law allegedly create a "safe harbor" for wholesalers and retailers to avoid criminal liability. This paper tries to make an interpretation of certain TRIPS Agreement provisions' terms from law and economic perspectives, discuss whether IP enforcement needs criminal law, whether threshold is needed and what the optimal IP enforcement is.

Keywords: Intellectual Property enforcement, WTO, China

JEL Classification: K1, K33

Suggested Citation

Zhou, Chao, Intellectual Property Game between China and USA: A Law and Economic Analysis of the WTO Case (September 20, 2008). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1271061 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1271061

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