While the Chinese market has immense potential for US companies, skepticism over China's ability to protect and enforce intellectual property rights can be a significant deterrent. Now, however, it appears that China is addressing this skepticism. In April, a Chinese government agency published amendments to China's patent law. While there is still concern that the amendments may not go far enough, they represent a significant improvement over the existing regime.
Colleen Tracy James and Xiaoyan Zhang, a partner and counsel, respectively, in the Intellectual Property practice group of Mayer Brown, analyzed the amendments in a recent article published in Inside Counsel. To read their article, Amendments to China's patent law: Possible expansion of patent rights in China for U.S. companies, click here.
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