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Intellectual property in China

Intellectual property rights (IPRs) have been acknowledged and protected in the People's Republic of China since 1979. The People's Republic of China has acceded to the major international conventions on protection of rights to intellectual property.


Domestically, protection of intellectual property law has also been established by government legislation, administrative regulations, and decrees in the areas of trademarkcopyright and patent. This has led to the creation of a comprehensive legal framework to protect both local and foreign intellectual property. Despite this, copyright violations are common in the PRC,[1] and intellectual property violations are committed by prominent members of the automotive and electronics industries.


The American Chamber of Commerce in China surveyed over 500 of its members doing business in China regarding IPR for its 2016 China Business Climate Survey Report, and found that IPR enforcement is improving, but significant challenges still remain. The results show that the laws in place exceed their actual enforcement, with patent protection receiving the highest approval rate, while protection of trade secrets lags far behind. But despite the less than satisfactory scores overall, an overwhelming majority of respondents (91%) agreed that enforcement of IPR protections has increased in the past five years.


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