China Market Intelligence

September 5th, 2018
By Ricky Altieri

Given the size and complexity of the Chinese ecommerce market, foreign companies often struggle to root out operations selling unlicensed or counterfeit versions of their products. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) consulted member companies to identify and create recommendations for the spate of new challenges to intellectual property (IP) protection in the ecommerce space, including:

Seek out memorandums of understanding (MOUs) with ecommerce platforms. Some...

September 5th, 2018
By Jake Laband

Senior Chinese leaders have repeatedly insisted China is improving market access and the investment environment, improving the protection of intellectual property, and ensuring equal treatment of foreign and domestic companies in China. “China’s door of opening-up will not be closed and will only open even wider!” exclaimed President Xi Jinping at the 2018 Bo’ao Forum.

While many foreign companies report positive momentum in China’s economic reform efforts, a...

May 4th, 2018

Trade talks between the US and China ended today in Beijing with each side apparently staking out positions the other side is unlikely to meet. An optimistic interpretation is that the two sides have laid out opening positions and set up a process for negotiations to resolve trade tensions. However, two documents are circulating that USCBC sources say accurately reflect positions presented by each side; if so, the gap to be overcome is wide.

Based on the supposed US document provided...

April 4th, 2018
By USCBC Staff

The United States and China have both fired warning shots on the growing field of bilateral trade disputes, though the most significant battle is likely still weeks away. While both sides have announced proposed tariffs on $50 billion in imports in relation to the USTR’s investigation into China’s intellectual property and technology transfer policies, neither will be implemented immediately.

On Tuesday...

January 24th, 2018
By USCBC staff

To assist companies as they plan for the year ahead, US-China Business Council staff  compiled short summaries of the recent laws and regulations in China and those expected to be acted on in 2018. The first of this series of summaries focuses on agriculture, healthcare and intellectual property rights. Sectors covered in upcoming editions will cover information technology, financial services, energy and environment and automotive industry issues.  

Agriculture and food safety

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July 8th, 2015
Zhang Lipei and Jake Laband

A lack of recent news about competition-related investigation cases should not be misinterpreted as a lull in enforcement activity related to China’s Antimonopoly Law (AML), a National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) official stated at a recent USCBC-sponsored event. USCBC’s May 2015 update on competition enforcement had reported a pause by Chinese competition regulators on some controversial AML enforcement practices. Yet, speaking as a part of a dialogue with NDRC’s Bureau of...

July 8th, 2015
Yan Yu and Nick Marro

China’s legislature on July 1 finalized the National Security Law of China, which includes all-encompassing definitions of national security as well as troublesome language to keep critical technology “secure and controllable.” The law was passed almost unanimously on the last day of the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee’s June 24-July 1 executive session. The vague nature of key definitions of national security—and the continued use of terms such as “secure and...

July 8th, 2015
Ryan Ong

The next few months will be a busy time for issues related to intellectual property (IP), coming on the heels of a flurry of bilateral IP meetings in May and June. At a June 30 briefing in Washington, DC, co-hosted by the US-China Business Council (USCBC), US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Director Michelle Lee discussed the current uptick in engagement between the US and China on IP matters, including high-level meetings with senior Chinese government officials in late May, IP-related...

May 27th, 2015
Ryan Ong

More and more US companies have active research and development (R&D) operations in China, and many have seen these operations evolve from small groups primarily focused on product localization to globally significant operations conducting cutting-edge R&D for the China market. In a 2013 KPMG report, for example, an estimate was given for over 1,300 R&D multinational-operated R&D centers in China, a number that has likely risen since then. As the number of R&D centers...

May 13th, 2015
Ryan Ong

The flurry of recent intellectual property (IP) regulations released by Chinese agencies touches on a number of issues of concern to foreign companies in China, including inventor compensation, patent enforcement, use of patents in standard-setting, and linkages between IP and competition. While the regulations show some progress in these areas, they also reflect the significant gaps that remain between the Chinese regulatory process and foreign company recommendations. The recent activity...

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