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...

April 18th, 2018
By USCBC staff

As the deadline for comments approaches on the United States’ proposed list of tariffs on $50 billion of Chinese imports related to the Section 301 investigation into Chinese intellectual property and technology transfer policies, USCBC has received a clarification from administration officials on the process that will be used if tariffs are announced on an additional $100 billion in goods, as President Donald Trump asked. USCBC sources indicate that any new list of tariffs related to the...

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...

March 21st, 2018
By USCBC staff

China’s legislature concluded its session Tuesday with speeches by President Xi Jinping, recently confirmed into his second five-year term, and Premier Li Keqiang, reappointed to the position he has held for the past five years. In his remarks, Xi said China needs to “broaden opening up and deepen reform with intensified efforts and with more concrete measures” -- an allusion to criticisms of China’s stalled reform efforts that have resulted in few tangible outcomes. Xi also called...

August 16th, 2017
By USCBC staff

President Donald Trump issued a presidential memorandum Monday directing US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to consider whether to launch an official investigation into China’s intellectual property rights and innovation and technology policies and practices. The move could lead to action under US trade laws, rather than World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute settlement; the United States has not imposed unilateral trade sanctions since the WTO began in the 1990s. Lighthizer...

August 16th, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

Newly released ministerial plans set national intellectual property (IP) priorities to further the central government’s top-down drive to reform China’s IP laws. Jointly released by the State Council and the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), the plans cover 39 government departments including trade, technology, military, and cultural affairs.

The plans outline five concurrent priorities for national IP reform:

Agencies responsible for...

July 12th, 2017
By USCBC Staff

In response to member company concerns about the regulatory interpretation of recent laws and regulations over the past six months, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) continues its advocacy initiatives and its operating environment analyses and best practices for member companies in the United States and China. Policies enacting the Cybersecurity Law, developments in healthcare reform, and updates to the Anti-Unfair Competition Law have spurred USCBC formal comment letters to...

May 31st, 2017
By Patrick Lozada

China released a second draft revision of its Standardization Law on May 19 that links standards to national security, which could limit the use of foreign products and services, and endanger intellectual property (IP) protection. The newest draft continues China’s push toward voluntary and recommended standards, emphasizes consumer safety, and adds new language regarding standards and national security.

A standard provides requirements, specifications, guidelines...

May 17th, 2017
By Maryan Escarfullett

China’s intellectual property (IP) protection and enforcement remains inadequate and foreign company market access barriers too strict, according to the Special 301 Report, keeping the United State’s second-largest trading partner on the US Trade Representative’s (USTR) priority watch list for another year.

“China must not invoke security concerns in order to erect market access barriers,” or “discriminate against foreign-owned or developed IP,” USTR said in its...

May 17th, 2017
By Erin Ennis

The June 1 implementation of China’s Cybersecurity Law and numerous related measures should be delayed to address trade barriers, security and privacy, competition, and fairness issues, according to a May 15 letter the US-China Business Council (USCBC) submitted on behalf of 54 international trade associations to China’s government.

If implemented as written, the measures will impact companies in a wide variety of sectors. USCBC organized the letter in conjunction...

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