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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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Promises Made, Promises Kept? Measuring China’s Reform Initiatives

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.

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US-China Trade Talks End with No Resolution and Next Steps Uncertain

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.

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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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Policy initiatives to watch for in 2018: Agriculture, Healthcare and Intellectual Property

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.  

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NDRC 'Actively' Investigating AML Cases Despite Media Silence

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.

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New National Security Law Calls for 'Secure and Controllable' Technology

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.

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R&D How-To: Managing IP, HR Concerns in China

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.

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Draft Patent Law, New Rules Leave Some IP Issues Unaddressed

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.

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