Two Decades of TRIPS in China
CHINA AND THE WTO: 20 YEARS ON, Henry Gao, Damian Raess and Zeng Ka, eds., Cambridge University Press, 2022, Forthcoming
16 Pages Posted: 17 Nov 2021
Date Written: November 17, 2021
China became the 143rd member of the World Trade Organization on December 11, 2001. Written as contribution to a volume commemorating the 20th anniversary of China's accession to the international trading body, this chapter reviews the intellectual property developments in China since the country joined the WTO.
This chapter begins by highlighting the developments related to the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS Agreement) in the first decade of China's WTO membership. It then discusses the country's "innovative turn" in the late 2000s and its ramifications. The chapter continues to examine the US-China trade war, in particular the second TRIPS complaint that the United States filed against China in March 2018. It concludes with observations about the impact of the TRIPS Agreement on China, China's impact on the Agreement and how the changing Chinese intellectual property landscape has altered the developing countries' coalition dynamics within the WTO.
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