In China, the concept of intellectual property is relatively new. Chinese officials began taking steps towards trademark regulations in the 1950s, but it was not until 1982 that the first Chinese Trademark Law was enacted. Today, because of the growing global economy, China has had the highest number of trademark requests in the world for the fifth year in a row. In response to domestic and international pressures, Chinese trademark law and courts have had to adapt to the ever-changing landscape. This article first examines the development of Chinese intellectual property law through the international trademark agreements where China is either a state party or signatory. Next, the author reviews China's international trademark obligations through Chinese court rulings. Finally, the article discusses the future of Chinese intellectual property law and the ways it can be improved by stricter enforcement of existing regimes.
Robert H. Hu,
International Legal Protection of Trademarks in China,
13 Marq. Intellectual Property L. Rev. 69
Available at: http://scholarship.law.marquette.edu/iplr/vol13/iss1/2