EU claims China’s infringement on intellectual property

European Union trade commissioner Peter Mandelson condemned China’s patent infringements and threatened to take a case to the World Trade Organisation over patent piracy.

A recent survey shows that 91% of the companies which are represented the European Chamber of Commerce in China have been affected by trade mark or copyright theft. The EU claims that trades that violate trade mark and copy right protections is worth €360 billion a year worldwide. 70% of those counterfeit goods found in Europe are from China. The reason for all of these is, as Mandelson said, that Chinese intellectual property law is not enforced well rather than the law itself.

Several summits with the US have been held on this issue. Last June the US and the EU agreed to co-operate more closely to fight piracy of all kinds.

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