WTO Inquiry Launched Into US Complaints Against China’s IP Record (IP-Watch)

“A World Trade Organization panel will formally investigate United States complaints that China has failed to adequately protect intellectual property rights on goods such as software and movies, a move criticised by Beijing. WTO’s Dispute Settlement Body (DSB) on 25 September established a panel following Washington’s second request to look into its allegations against China. Findings from the inquiry would not be released until late 2008, a WTO official said Thursday. The United States is demanding China be tougher on prosecuting those who breach copyright or trademarks and implement stronger laws on what happens to confiscated pirated material. …”

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