Time that I mention a really good and high-level blog that focuses on China IP.  The blog is called China IPR and it is headed up by Mark Cohen, a law professor at Fordham Law School.  It completely accurately describes itself as follows:

ChinaIPR.com is published by Mark Allen Cohen, a Visiting Professor of Law at Fordham Law School in New York City. Formerly, he was Director of International Intellectual Property Policy at Microsoft Corporation. Prior to that time he was Of Counsel to Jones Day’s Beijing office. Before then, he served as Senior Intellectual Property Attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing and as Attorney-Advisor in the Office of International Relations at USPTO. In total, he has over 25 years private, public sector, in house and academic experience on IPR issues in China.

The blog aims to provide access to information, news and events related to IP development in China.

It is not so much a how-to type blog, but rather one that focuses on existing and future China policies revolving around intellectual property.  If that interests you, I strongly recommend you start reading the China IPR blog.

Good post on IP Dragon, entitled, “When will rampant piracy in China stop? Mark Cohen: ‘Don’t know.’ Bill Gates: ‘2016,'” asking when China’s rampant piracy will end.  The post extensively quotes Mark Cohen, a U.S. intellectual property (IP) lawyer sent to China by the United States government to work on improving China’s IP protection.  Great quote from Mr. Cohen: “The question is not, is there law?  It’s what law is being enforced and where?”

Our view is that the more the Chinese courts and officials come to realize IP enforcement is in China’s long term business interests, the greater the enforcement.  We are already seeing greater IP enforcement in China’s biggest cities where the benefits of foreign investment are readily apparent, and we see this spreading.  It is also true that many lower court decisions refusing to enforce IP rights are getting overturned by the higher courts.  As we mentioned in a previous post, “Another Foreign IP Victory In China — Ferrero Rocher,”even the Voice of America [link no longer exists] recently noted that “[s]everal Western multinationals have won copyright piracy cases against Chinese companies in recent weeks.”  We are also seeing Chinese lawyers increasingly recognize the need to protect their client’s IP rights.

The key for businesses involved in China is to register their IP so that if someone seeks to copy it, they will have a basis for court protection.