Towards a New IP World Order?
Edited by Gustavo Ghidini, Rudolph J.R. Peritz and Marco Ricolfi
Chapter 2: Issues and strategies of China IP protection after the TRIPS Agreement
On December 11, 2001, China formally joined the World Trade Organization (WTO). According to WTO basic rules, a member state must accept the "Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights" (TRIPS), which is the most comprehensive international agreement on intellectual property to date. When China entered the WTO, it promised to "wholly comply with the WTO Agreement, by way of changing the existing national law and promulgating new legislation, thus implementing the WTO Agreement in an effective and unified way". To this end, and in order to comply with the requirements of the TRIPS Agreement, China has substantially changed its national legislation on intellectual property law, in particular the China Patent Law, China Trademark Law, and China Copyright Law.
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