Title

The Development of Intellectual Property in China

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

6-2003

Abstract

This article traces the history of intellectual property (IP) development in China and demonstrates the evolutionary change before, and especially the revolutionary change after, the Open Door Policy from 1979. This development of the IP system in China is set out in the context of its social, economic and historical roots. The influence of the major international IP treaties to which China has acceded, such as the Paris Convention, Patent Cooperation Treaty, World Trade Organisation, is described. The many IP statutes within China, and their effects, are defined. The article identifies both positive and negative effects of these major changes and stresses the necessity of constant improvements to the current system of IP protection and enforcement for the economic development of China.

Document Object Identifier (DOI)

10.1016/S0172-2190(03)00026-7

Publisher

Elsevier

Publication Information

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