Into the Mouth of the Dragon: Patent Protection and Enforcement in China

October 22, 2004

American technology businesses participating in the opportunities created by the world economic shift to Asia are actively dealing with the realities of intellectual property protection and enforcement there.  The nascent Intellectual Property (IP) infrastructure, the politics, the cultural differences, and guanxi create challenges for outsiders entering the world's largest untapped market.  But systems are improving.  China is aware that effective intellectual property protection will be a key factor for its long term economic success.  Protection systems must--and are beginning to--benefit foreign corporations as well.  Provided here is an overview of the cultural factors and recent developments, practical recommendations, and the basics of patent enforcement and procurement in China.

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