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.

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  1. identicon
    Anonymous Coward, 15 Oct 2010 @ 8:21am

    Re: Re: Selective Enforcement

    Countries to business with each other in gold. Perhaps not internally, but externally a nation's money supply has to be backed by gold. When are we going to lean that there's a price to pay for printing money. We pay that price in the devaluation of the U.S. dollar compared to other countries. We call that price "inflation."

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