China's IPR (intellectual property rights) enforcement promises followed up by US:
This article was originally published in Clinica
China's claims that progress is being made to enforce intellectual property rights (IPR) are to be assessed by the World Trade Organisation (WTO) at the behest of the US. What is known as an "Article 63" request has been made by the US Trade Representative (USTR) and requires that China detail the specific actions it has taken to enforce IPR. Article 63.3 is part of the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS), which allows WTO members to request information on judicial decisions or administrative rulings related to IPR that affects their rights under the agreement. The move highlights the continuing US concerns that China has not provided sufficient detail about its IPR enforcement programme. The action builds on the July US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade meeting in Beijing.