• China Promises Better IP Protection After WTO Rebuke
  • March 11, 2009
  • Law Firm: Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP - Los Angeles Office
  • China has vowed to work with other nations to reinforce its protection of intellectual property rights, a day after the World Trade Organization found "a number of deficiencies" in China’s enforcement of copyright and trademarks.

    On January 26 Washington proclaimed victory in the groundbreaking case. U.S. entertainment and software groups claim piracy in China costs them over $3.7 billion a year in lost revenue.

    In a statement the next day, Chinese Ministry of Commerce spokesman Yao Jian expressed regret that the WTO panel had not found in China’s favor in areas such as copyright law. He maintained that China had made great progress in fighting piracy, and singled out one finding in China’s favor: a rejection of the U.S.’s claim that copyright pirates had no fear of criminal prosecution because the Chinese government’s threshold for bringing a case was too high.

    Yao also promised that China would work with the international community to resolve the issue. "As we strengthen our work on domestic intellectual property rights, we will continue to promote international exchanges and cooperation, in order to encourage the healthy development of trade relations," he said.