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Published: July 3, 2007

 
 

Protecting the Company Jewels in an Unprotected Country

The headlines about raids and all the bluster between Washington and Beijing don’t capture the real nature of how U.S. companies and others are striving to safeguard their IP in China. It is a messy, multifront kind of guerrilla war, but it is one that’s possible to win.

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William J. Holstein (bholstein2001@yahoo.com) has covered China for more than 25 years, since serving as a correspondent for United Press International in Hong Kong and Beijing from 1979 to 1982. A contributor to the New York Times, Barron’s, and Fortune, he recently returned from a reporting trip to Japan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia. 
 

 
 
 
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Resources

  1. Business Software Alliance Web site: One of the most active trade groups arguing for better protection of software in China. Click here.
  2. Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department Web site: Details intellectual property protections and activities in Hong Kong. Click here.
  3. Quality Brands Protection Committee of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment Web site: The leading China-based foreign alliance working to improve IP protection. Click here.
  4. State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China Web site: Information about China’s intellectual property initiatives, rules, policies, and regulations. Click here.
  5. U.S. State Department Intellectual Property Web site: A wide-ranging compendium of information about legislative and diplomatic initiatives regarding IP. Click here.