The First Decade of TRIPS in China
China and Global Trade Governance: China's First Decade in the World Trade Organization, Zeng Ka and Liang Wei, eds., Routledge, pp. 126-43, 2014
19 Pages Posted: 14 Nov 2012 Last revised: 17 May 2017
Date Written: November 13, 2012
This chapter reviews intellectual property developments in China in its first decade of WTO membership, focusing primarily on developments within the organization. It shows how China has transformed from a passive taker of international intellectual property norms to one that has slowly assumed the additional roles of both a norm shaker and a norm maker. The chapter begins by providing an overview of reforms China undertook in the run-up to the accession. It examines the low profile China maintained in the WTO in the first few post-accession years. It also acknowledges China’s limited interest in international intellectual property norm-setting, including its rare submission to the Committee on Technical Barriers to Trade. The chapter then examines the recent U.S.-China WTO dispute over the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights and its high-profile intervention in the June 2010 meeting of the TRIPS Council. It concludes with a discussion of China’s increased assertiveness in the international intellectual property arena, including the WTO.
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