Monday 23 April 2018

China says it will tighten controls over intellectual property theft

Photo: Bloomberg
Photo: Bloomberg

Yawen Chen

China will tighten controls over intellectual property to provide better opportunities for foreign firms, the commerce ministry said on Friday.

The government’s crackdown on intellectual property violations will focus on trademark registration abuse and business secret theft, Wang Shouwen, a vice commerce minister told reporters at a press briefing in Beijing, adding that China’s IP protection was "not perfect" as a developing country.

U.S. President Donald Trump this month authorized an inquiry into China’s alleged theft of intellectual property -- the first direct trade measure by his administration against Beijing.

China’s cabinet issued guidelines earlier this month to promote foreign investment, which promised to reduce market entry barriers and offer fiscal policy support for foreign firms operating in the country amid rising criticism that their business environment is deteriorating.

Details of the measures and a specific timetable for implementation will be announced by the end of September "in principle", Wang said.

Foreign direct investment (FDI) into China fell 11.8pc in July from a year earlier to 43.88bn yuan, according to Reuters calculation.


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