Once Again, Be Careful What You Wish For: China Learning To Use Other Country's Patent Systems

from the this-won't-end-well dept

For years and years, US executives, politicians and diplomats have been berating China for "not respecting intellectual property." And, all along, we keep warning that those same folks are not going to like it if China actually did what they're asking it to do. That's because all of these execs, politicians and diplomats are thinking with a very static view: that US patents and technology will continue to rule, and that China needs to respect those patents. And yet, as we've noted, that's not the case. China has ramped up enforcement of IP laws lately... but in almost every case it's been used to harm foreign companies (often US companies).

And now, Slashdot points us to the news that Huawei, the Chinese networking giant, has taken over the lead as filing the most international patents of any company. Just wait until American companies, whose execs complained about China "not respecting intellectual property," start getting sued in East Texas for violating Huawei's patents.

Filed Under: china, patents


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    Mike C. (profile), 15 Oct 2010 @ 5:56am

    Theoretical progression of fun...

    1) China/Asia takes a massive lead in filing patents
    2) US companies get sued in East Texas and lose on a regular basis
    3) US companies push to get the US patent system abolished or at least scaled back significantly to stem the losses
    4) China/Asian countries put the *US* on their version of the 301 report for not being strong enough protectors of IP

    /probably die laughing if that ever did happen.

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