The US-China trade war began with disputes over the transfer of technology to China, including forced technology transfer. How much has the licensing environment improved for the foreign business community? How will China’s developing antitrust regime affect foreign businesses seeking to monetize their IP in China? Considering joining us at next week’s webinar (June 03, 2020, 4:30 – 5:45 PM PST) (previous posting had a typo!). The speakers are Hao Yuan (Tsinghua Law School/Berkeley Law); Stuart Chemtob (Wilson Sonsini); Deng Fei (Charles River Associates); David Dutcher (Western Digital) and Robert Merges (Berkeley Law). Here is the link to the series description, and to the registration. This series/program incurs a charge, except for students/media/BCLT and other benefactors.
In another licensing-related development, on June 16, 2020, from 12-1pm EDT, I will be speaking along with Jim Harlan, Senior Director, Standards & Competition Policy, InterDigital, Inc on the US Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) ban of Huawei and its effect on global Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs). This program is sponsored by the American Intellectual Property Law Association’s Standards and Open Source Committee. Non-AIPLA members may join this open event. Call: +1 (347) 991-7204, passcode 251151532.
A video of the recent webinar we hosted at Berkeley on “Following the Data: What the Latest Research Says About China’s Legal and IP Environment” with Ben Liebman, Tobias Smith, Fei Deng, Melissa Schneider and Robert Merges is found here. China Daily’s reporting on the IP Aspects of that program is found here.
Finally, I recently was interviewed by Pinduoduo on e-commerce regulation in China and IP. Here is a link to the podcast on Spotify.
Categories: China IPR
I do not know what is the status of standards in the USA. But here in Europe Standards from ISO, CEN and National bodies are protected by the right of the author (Copyright). This is a very important point to consider in the intellectual property debate.
Yes copyright in standards is an important issue, although that is a copyright issue – and here we will be focused on licensing and antitrust regulation (in general), with some discussion around standards essential patents, unfair pricing, essential facilities, remedies, non-litigated licensing, etc.
Our basics on intellectual property are wrong and this explains many of today’s problems. Creative ideas are not of free use. They belong to their author. Property should be the basis of freedom and justice. Competition should not superclass property. If the international human right system was correctly implemented, 1/ investment in the future (R&D) would be more attractive and 2/ there would not be any problem with China concerning IP.