intellectual property

How to Secure Intellectual Property in the Ecommerce Space

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:

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Trade Tensions Update: No new tariff list from US yet, but will receive separate comment period

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 clar

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Shots fired in US-China trade dispute, but significant battle unlikely until early summer; USCBC member feedback requested on proposed US tariffs

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.

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President and Premier’s closing speeches touch on US-China tensions

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.

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Trump issues memo to consider trade actions on China IPR and technology policies

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.

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State Council and SIPO Publish Next Steps for National IP Reform

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.

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USCBC Active in China with Advocacy Campaigns

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.

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Second Draft of Standardization Law Raises Market Access, IP Concerns

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.

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USCBC Leads Push to Delay Cybersecurity Law Implementation

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.

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