We already pointed out how, after years of pressure from the US, China was beginning to "respect" intellectual property laws, but was conveniently doing so in ways that harmed US companies, ruling in favor of Chinese company patents, and claiming US (and European) firms infringed. It appears that Taiwan is doing something similar. Jack Thompson points us to the news that, after being pressured heavily by the USTR to change its patent laws to get off the infamous "Special 301 Priority Watch List," Taiwan now appears to be using those new laws to hit back at American companies. In fact, Taiwan was pressured heavily by (there they are again!) the US Chamber of Commerce to set up a special "IP Court," with experts focused on intellectual property law. The Chamber of Commerce claimed this would "speed" trials along and promise "more consistent and professional" rulings. What it probably didn't count on was that most of those consistent and professional rulings would go against US companies. It's really stunning how the Chamber of Commerce can be so short-sighted. Its lobbying pressure hands foreign governments perfectly "legal" protectionist tools that they can use against the US companies the CoC is supposedly paid to represent. If I were a Chamber of Commerce member, I'd want my money back.
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