Is China Going to Take IP Rights Seriously?

China has agreed to create a new high-level agency to be run by Vice Premier Wang Qishan to boost intellectual property rights enforcement, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk said Monday at the end of a two-day summit.

The creation of this agency marks a “significant systemic change” in China’s IP enforcement, which has long been criticized by western businesses and officials for being too lenient (or non-existent, depending on who you talk to) and will make the country’s special IPR campaign from 2010 a permanent part of China’s policies, according to the USTR.

“For the first time, China will establish a permanent leadership structure to enforce intellectual property rights,” U.S. Commerce Secretary John Bryson said Monday. “As enforcement becomes effective, those who infringe will no longer be able to lay low until a crackdown is over and then simply resume their illegal activities.”

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