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Trends Update — IP Constituencies: China On the Rise as an IP Enforcer

B&W_BlankMap-World-nobordersWe have been tracking increased innovative activity in India and China as part of this blog’s Trends in 2009 series, because it has the potential to impact the constituencies that negotiate the IP aspects of global trade agreements.  Generally, with this blog’s focus on pharma and biotech, posts have mainly considered commercial collaborations to develop novel products.

Two recent stories focussed on different areas highlight just how far China has come from its perceived role as a country completely neglectful of innovators’ IP:

  1. A Thomson Reuters study released yesterday shows “explosive growth in research output from China,” with output doubling since 2004.  There is no way the developments China is making in physical, biological and chemical sciences will fail to translate into innovation and new demands for IP protection.
  2. The first salvo wasn’t in biotech, as it turns out, but in copyright.  According to a recent Forbes article (H/T @TechLaw_Elman):

    A Chinese writers’ society accused Google of infringing on the copyrights of at least 570 Chinese authors by scanning and uploading their books into Google’s digital library without seeking consent.” and is “soliciting all Chinese writers to voice their opposition before a U.S. court finalizes a settlement at a hearing scheduled for Nov 9.”

Still, these developments move China much farther toward being an enforcer of intellectual property rights both domestically and on a global scale.

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