Indigenous Innovation in the Chongqing Police Department

The cloud of mystery surrounding Bo Xilai and his former deputy, police chief Wang Lijun continues to loom over the Chinese and western press, with many unresolved questions concerning the circumstances of Wang’s appearance before the US consulate, and the current circumstances of Bo himself. Not many would have expected any discussion of intellectual property to enter the picture. However, Bo himself did have some engagement on IP issues. He was known during his time as Minister of Commerce for taking a strong negotiating position against US pressure on IP matters. In addition, his agency did serve as a point of contact and organizing ministry for a national IPR campaign. When I served in the US Embassy, I had lunch with Bo once, during an Ambassador’s IPR Roundtable, where he showed very little interest in the issue. His speech is briefly described in a Wikileaks cable. Continue reading