Where should China stand in the international negotiations on intellectual property?

China is moving from passively accepting economic and trade rules to actively making international economic and trade rules. China now aims to be “actively participating in global governance”. In the process of participating in global governance, one of the most essential issues for China is to define its identity.

China: rule-taker or rule-maker in the international intellectual property system?

Intellectual property has been a crucial issue for China in the past four decades. Internationally, it was central to China’s fifteen-year negotiation on its accession to the World Trade Organisation and has been a priority in China-US bilateral relations. Domestically, intellectual property reflects the rapid economic and social transition in China and reveals its crucial regulatory features.

PhD midterm review: China: rule-maker or rule-taker in the international intellectual property system?

After the TRIPS Agreement, issues such as public health, biodiversity and human rights have become increasingly entangled with intellectual property (IP). Overlaps across these areas has caused the proliferation of international rules within and outside of the international IP system. This proliferation of rules has led to regime complexity in which international IP regimes overlap with each other without any clear hierarchy among them.

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