Why Is the U.S. Surrendering the Global IP System to China?

A paramilitary policeman stands guard at Tiananmen Square in Beijing, China, in 2013. (Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters)
Don’t put the Chinese fox in charge of the global intellectual-property henhouse.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE P resident Trump has wisely identified intellectual-property theft as a key tension between the U.S. and China, and he has properly pressured China to fully respect America’s intellectual property (IP).

So why, then, is the Trump administration risking Chinese control of the global IP system? The threat is real and immediate, but understanding it requires some background.

Different nations have their own IP systems, with varying procedures and degrees of protection for patents, copyright, and trademarks. But in a global economy, a patchwork of patent systems means that without some sort of harmonization, an inventor would have to file hundreds of different patent …

Tom Giovanetti is the president of the Institute for Policy Innovation (IPI), a public-policy think tank in Dallas that is an accredited NGO with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).

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