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Tuesday, October 31, 2006

TRIPS Dispute Resolution Measures against China

On October 29, 2006, it is reported that US is preparing to file suit under WTO's Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) against People's Republic of China by reason of rampant IP piracy therein, and that Japan, Canada and EU will follow suit.

Under the WTO's framework, contested members shall have bilateral talks firstly, then, a panel will be set up if a settlement is not reached.

China became a new WTO member in 2001. Probably it will be the first case that goes into a WTO dispute settlement proceeding on IP issues.

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