In the first part of our series, we outlined topics of increased protection of intellectual property in China as well as how this benefits everyone. In this blog, we are going to focus on trademarks and the ability to effectively protect intellectual property, whether the goods are in China or not.
The protection of intellectual property rights has moved to the forefront of relations between not only Canada and China, but between many countries around the world. This is not to say that the issues related to intellectual property aren’t a complex legal issue, it is. As all countries who have decided to enter the international market continue to compete, it is quickly becoming apparent that mutual respect among those nations in protecting those rights should be a mutual concern. This will not only prove to benefit those who are at the head of the market chain but those that wish to be in a better position to compete in the future. It might be oversimplified to say, but it really is a matter of “what is good for the goose is good for the gander as well.”
The improvement of technology presented on the world stage is also part of this growing trend toward respecting intellectual property and all of the ramifications that it imposes on those who compete in international trade. After all, increased enforcement of intellectual property laws by Chinese officials would prove to the world that significant change is being made, and as a result, should be reciprocated by other countries toward the Chinese. This would prove to be an essential impetus towards all countries, demonstrating their mutual respect for intellectual property rights.
Fortunately, this seems to be the direction that the international community is going with the increase in trademark application filings. Pursuing these actions and eliminating some of the problems that have been experienced in the past might be an excellent way to begin for China to continue limitless opportunities, worldwide.
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