Home>News Center>China

China to introduce new copyright laws
Updated: 2006-03-09 14:52

China is to introduce a raft of new laws and regulations this year to help stem rampant violations of intellectual property rights (IPR).

As part of the "2006 China IPR protection action plan", China will draft and revise 17 laws and regulations concerning trademarks, copyrights, patents and customs, said a statement on the Ministry of Commerce's website.

The plan, formulated by the National Protection of IPR Working Group along with other government departments, is aimed at "intensifying efforts to protect IPR" and "to crackdown on various illegal rights violations," it said.

It also included a series of measures to step up public awareness and international cooperation, the statement said.

China's Foreign Minister, Li Zhaoxing, said Tuesday that the Chinese government last year handled more than 39,000 trade mark infringement cases and Chinese courts handled over 3,500 IPR-related cases.

However China has made repeated pledges to crack down on IPR violations that its major trading partners such as the United States and Europe say do not go nearly far enough.

The United States last year put China on an IPR "priority watch list" after an investigation concluded that "infringement levels remain unacceptably high throughout China".

The move could lead to legal action at the World Trade Organization.

Fire kills 5 in Northeast China
Aerobatics show in Hunan
Final rehearsal
  Today's Top News     Top China News

Australia, US, Japan praise China for Asia engagement



Banker: China doing its best on flexible yuan



Hopes high for oil pipeline deal



Possibilities of bird flu outbreaks reduced



Milosevic buried after emotional farewell



China considers trade contracts in India


  EU likely to impose tax on imports of Chinese shoes
  Bankers confident about future growth
  Curtain to be raised on Year of Russia
  Coal output set to reach record high of 2.5b tons
  WTO: China should reconsider currency plan
  China: Military buildup 'transparent'
  Go to Another Section  
  Story Tools  
Manufacturers, Exporters, Wholesalers - Global trade starts here.