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Chinese official condemns Western media for intellectual property slurs

13 Nov 2012
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The commissioner of China's State Intellectual Property Office (Sipo) has slammed Western media for its orchestrated campaign to damage the country's reputation on protecting investments in innovation.

According to Reuters, Tian Lipu, the Sipo commissioner of said China's intellectual property (IP) protection reputation has been "distorted" by the Western Media.

Lipi said China was the world's largest payer of patent royalties, which is proof that the country is advancing its IP laws more than is being reported.

"China is the world's largest payer for patent rights, for trademark rights, for royalties, and one of the largest for buying real software," he said.

"We pay the most. People rarely talk about this, but it really is a fact. Our government offices, our banks, our insurance companies, our firms - the software is all real."

While Lipu says China's IP issues are not as bad as many in the West perceive, he also acknowledged that piracy is an issue the country is working to correct.

China has repeatedly been reported to be a haven for patent infringements and software piracy. The country has also been accued of turning a blind eye to those manufacturing knockoff devices and selling pirated goods.

A recent study from the Business Software Association (BSA) reported that over 77 percent of PC software in China is pirated. The study said that the country's illegal software market is worth as much as $9bn.

During the run up to the US presidential election both candidates also spoke on the fact that China has allowed IP infringements to go unresolved. However, Lipu pointed to China's strong relationship with Apple as proof that intellectual property law is up to code.

Lipu reportedly said that companies like Apple wouldn't manufacture in China if they thought the countries IP rights environment was not on par with other countries.

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James Dohnert

James is a freelance writer and editor. In addition to ClickZ, his work has appeared in publications like V3, The Commonwealth Club,, and Shonen Jump magazine. He studied Journalism at Weber State University.

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