As New York City gets ready for the Xmas holidays, it seems as if there is a small, but noticeable increase, in China IP-related spots around town. Here are a few…. Continue reading
On October 3 the National Academies are hosting a program on
“Management of Intellectual Property in Standards Setting Processes”.
The China paper by Dan Breznitz and Michael Murphree, entitled
“Shaking Grounds? Technology Standards in China” is already posted,
and the authors have consented to my linking to it here.
The October 3 morning session is on Standards Processes and IP
Treatment in Emerging Economies, chaired by veteran Richard
Suttmeier. The program has a great cast of scholars, officials and
corporate executives who work global standardization issues and
policies. Here is the preliminary agenda.
The President mentioned China four times in his State of the Union address on January 24, 2012. Although it’s a bit unclear what his game plan is, it seems that he is looking closely at IP-related claims. “It’s not right when another country lets our movies, music, and software be pirated,” Obama said: “Tonight, I’m announcing the creation of a Trade Enforcement Unit that will be charged with investigating unfair trade practices in countries like China. “
What will be the nature of this Trade Enforcement Unit? During the Bush administration, a “top to bottom” review at the U.S. Trade Representative’s office resulted in the creation of a China trade enforcement unit within USTR that took the lead on China trade cases at the WTO. Claire Reade, the current Assistant USTR for China was the head of that unit. Continue reading
In testimony on December 13, 2011 before the Congressional Executive Commission on China on the 10th anniversary of China’s WTO accession, former Under Secretary Grand Aldonas, stated that our “two countries operate from fundamentally different assumptions about the organization of economic activity, the nature of competition, and the role of the state in the economy in their respective home markets…” Continue reading