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SIA pushes for better IP protection in China

Posted: 28 Oct 2005 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:dave ledesma? china? wto? intellectual property? ip?

The Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) is hoping that China will be more forthcoming on information about its intellectual property protection measures after the United States, Japan and Switzerland filed a request under the World Trade Organization's (WTO) Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (Trips) agreement.

"We have met with officials in China who believe that effective IP protection is essential to encouraging innovation and stimulating economic growth," said SIA president George Scalise in a statement. "We are hopeful that a systematic collection of the penalties meted out for IP violations will pressure those regions within China where the penalties are insufficient to deter counterfeiting. The best approach is always to deter violations before they occur, and this requires effective enforcement and sufficient sanctions that those who intentionally and consistently violate the IP of others cannot simply treat penalties as a routine cost of doing business," Scalise added.

"Since joining the World Trade Organization, China has recognized the importance to its own economic development of protecting intellectual property," according to Scalise. "China has enacted a number of laws to protect intellectual property, including a law to protect semiconductor layout designs. Enforcement of IP protection laws has been widely recognized as falling short of what is needed to deter violations. In some cases, penalties for violation of IP rights are so light that they are considered to be a routine cost of doing business."

The Trips agreement requires signatories to the WTO to make available their enforcement procedures of IP rights to allow effective action against any infringement of IP rights included in the agreement.

- Dave Ledesma

EE Times-Asia





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