New IPR guidelines helpful for foreigners, experts say

In the 2019 member survey of the US-China Business Council, none of the respondents said China's IPR protection has deteriorated, and nearly 60 percent reported improved protection, the highest percentage cited in any US-China Business Council survey. "American companies attribute these improvements to the Chinese government's increased emphasis on IPR protection, as well as a variety of new laws and regulations that aim to enhance protections," the council's report said. In a letter to its members in November, the council wrote, "In recent months, many positive developments on IP have happened in China. ... China has introduced a variety of regulatory changes to improve protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights." Last December, the central government promised to implement new measures aimed at protecting foreign IP, and a law containing those rules will take effect next year, the US-China Business Council said.