Contrary

Sign of the Times

China has promulgated new anti-American trade rules that prohibit imports of our products unless they are based on intellectual property that is developed and/or owned in China, and associated trademarks are originally registered in China.

These rules mean that U.S. products cannot be sold in China unless the U.S. companies give China their current patents plus their research and development of new products. This targets our most innovative manufacturing and service industries, including computers, software and telecommunications.

The Chinese government has issued a catalog of products that are subject to this obnoxious rule, and the list is expected to be expanded soon to other industries. China’s “indigenous innovation” rule will exclude many major U.S. firms from the Chinese market or require them to give China their patents and advanced technology.

Yongshun Cheng, former senior judge and deputy director of the Intellectual Property Division of Beijing High People’s Court, stated bluntly that the proposed U.S. patent bill is bad news for American innovation and good news for foreign infringers. He pointed out that the bill “is friendlier to the infringers than to the patentees in general, as it will make the patent less reliable, easier to be challenged and cheaper to be infringed.”

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March 6, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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