Thursday, March 6, 2008
Posted by D. Daniel Sokol
With the ICN meeting in Kyoto just a month away in which unilateral conduct will be a topic, we have some new developments on the Chinese Anti-monopoly Law (AML) courtesy of Paul Jones of Jones & Co. According to Jones:
- In China the full legislature, the National People’s Congress, meets every March. During the rest of the year only the Standing Committee meets. The meetings started yesterday and as part of a “preparatory” meeting (called the CPPCC National Committee), Li Yuguang, the Deputy Director of the State Intellectual Property Office (“SIPO”) gave a speech.
- In the speech he stated that since 2005 China has suffered significant trade losses because of the barriers posed by foreign intellectual property rights. He is referring primarily to licenses for technical standards, I believe, but the articles below do not make that clear. One of the remedies that he called for are the intellectual property rights regulations under China’s new Anti-Monopoly (Antitrust or Competition) Law.