A New Dispute Concerning the Trips Agreement: The US and China in the WTO
(2008) 13(3) Media and Arts Law Review 324
Posted: 29 Jun 2016
Date Written: 2008
On 10 April last year, the United States filed a complaint against China in the Dispute Settlement Body of the World Trade Organization with respect to the protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights. The United States has requested ‘consultations’ with China on four separate matters: the threshold requirements for criminal procedures and penalties in Chinese law; the disposal of goods confiscated by Chinese customs authorities that infringe intellectual property rights; the issue of copyright and related rights protection for works that have not been authorised for publication or distribution within China; and the unavailability of criminal procedures and penalties for persons engaged in unauthorised reproduction or unauthorised distribution of copyrighted works. Despite widespread allegations of intellectual property piracy, this is the first official complaint which has been lodged against China in the WTO with respect to its obligations under the TRIPS Agreement. A dispute settlement panel has now been established to investigate the complaint. This article will briefly outline the complaint against China, and will also revisit the controversial TRIPS Agreement — which is now in its thirteenth year of operation.
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