China’s commitment to Intellectual Property Rights more Rhetoric than Reality

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 12:09 pm | By Alexander Hendrie

While Chinese officials have regularly indicated their commitment to intellectual property (IP) protections and their desire for reform, Beijing’s record towards foreign firms is far less promising upon evaluation. Ostensibly, government officials have consistently indicated their commitment to Intellectual Property Rights, most recently at the 2014 International Intellectual Property Forum in Chengdu. However, the rhetoric from party leaders does not match China’s actions - Beijing has aggressively utilized its vague anti-monopoly law to regulate foreign corporations. 

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Patent Reform Legislation to Live or Die Based on Senate Majority
Friday, October 17, 2014 5:03 pm | By Alexander Hendrie

The prospects for patent reform legislation in Congress will depend on the ability of Republicans to take back the Senate in mid-term elections in 18 days. For several years, intellectual property advocates have been pushing for patent reform legislation to curb the alarming number of lawsuits brought by patent trolls. However, in late May this push was stopped dead in its tracks as Senate Democrats abruptly pulled legislation from the Senate Judiciary committee. Reports suggest that Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) killed the bill under pressure from trial lawyers who have contributed over $4 million to the majority leader since 2009. 

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Intellectual Property Reform Must Be a Priority during Indian State Visit to U.S.

Thursday, September 25, 2014 12:39 pm | By Alexander Hendrie

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the United States in late September represents a new opportunity for both sides to improve their once fragile relations. For India, it is an excellent time to improve their poor international reputation for intellectual property (IP) protections, which in turn will attract more business to its market of 1.25 billion consumers.


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