Massive capital reserves, a relatively robust financial sector, and effective stimulus programs helped China survive the global recession relatively unscathed and economic growth is projected to return to double-digit levels for 2010. Yet considerable challenges remain. Despite a range of new government policies and reports of progress, one of the most vexing issues remains the protection of intellectual property. In surveys this year, both the American and European Chambers of Commerce in China found that large majorities of their members continue to see IP protection as a serious challenge. The Information Technology sector, IP-intensive and targeted for rapid growth by the Chinese government, is especially vulnerable.
Not only foreign firms are concerned: the vast majority of IP violation claims filed in China are made by Chinese firms, and there is a growing domestic constituency for strong, transparent, and consistent IP protection. As China’s own high-tech sectors grow, so too will calls for stronger IP law and enforcement.
This conference will both survey the rapidly evolving state of IP protection in China and address practical steps and strategies that firms can take to protect IP and to address cases of IP infringement. Achieving the right mix of legal, operational, and strategic considerations is difficult, but the conference’s legal and business experts from both China and the US will show how it can be done.
Among the questions to be addressed: