Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Law in the People's Republic of China

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Mark Sidel

University of Wisconsin Law School

Date Written: 1986


The People’s Republic of China (P.R.C.) witnesses today an explosion of law and legal practice. In the last six years China has enacted laws and promulgated regulations ranging from administrative law to criminal procedure to joint venture regulation to tax law. Intellectual and industrial property law numbers among the fastest growing fields. Since 1979 China has revitalized its trademark system, built a patent system from scratch, promulgated a Patent Law, and drafted a copyright law. Chinese copyright, trademark, nd patent law has grown equally quickly in importance to the Western practitioner. Today a Western lawyer concerned with Chinese legal and business relations must understand its copyright, trademark, and patent laws. Such understanding may prove crucial to handling technology transfer, joint ventures, tax regulation, and the rapidly expanding Chinese foreign trade. This Article describes for the benefit of the American practitioner, the Chinese system of copyright, trademark, and patent law.

Keywords: China, Practice of Law, Copyright Law, Chinese Legal History

Suggested Citation

Sidel, Mark, Copyright, Trademark, and Patent Law in the People's Republic of China (1986). Univ. of Wisconsin Legal Studies Research Paper No. 1638, 21 Tex. Int'l L. J. 259 (1986), Available at SSRN:

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