Back to Black:

Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 2015, Vol. 10, No. 10, p. 725

1 Pages Posted: 2 Oct 2015 Last revised: 17 Oct 2015

Date Written: September 30, 2015


This short - peer reviewed - article touches on innovation in China in the field of smart phones, recent legislative reform in China for fostering intellectual property and combating counterfeit and trade mark grabbing. It also touches on human rights in China, the different approach in which the West advances its economic v human rights agenda and the selective way Silicon Valley industry participates in grass roots debate on civil liberties. The article also touches on the 'right to seek counsel' as one of the fundamental rights, which many arrested lawyers in China were deprived of during the July 2015 arrests.

Keywords: China, innovation, patents, human rights, fundamental rights, intellectual property, trademarks, trade marks, counterfeit, bad faith, national security law, Beijing, right to seek counsel, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, sixth Amendment, Charter, EPO

JEL Classification: K00, K10, K14, K19, K29, K33, K40, K41, K42, K49, L50, N45, O14, P20, P21, Z00

Suggested Citation

Tsoutsanis, Alexander, Back to Black: (September 30, 2015). Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice 2015, Vol. 10, No. 10, p. 725, Available at SSRN:

Alexander Tsoutsanis (Contact Author)

DLA Piper ( email )

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Amsterdam, 1081 JJ


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