China Promises Stronger IP Enforcement At Trade Summit

Law360, New York (November 21, 2011, 1:57 PM EST) -- China has agreed to create a new high-level agency to be run by Vice Premier Wang Qishan to boost its intellectual property rights enforcement regime, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Monday at the end of a two-day summit.

The move marks a "significant systemic change" in China's IP enforcement, which has long been criticized by western businesses and officials for being too lax, and will make the country's special IPR campaign from 2010 a permanent part of China's policies, according to the USTR.

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