China is beginning to tackle its serious software piracy problem, and Chinese firms are now even suing American...
firms in US courts for alleged software intellectual property infringements.
Chinese plaintiffs have appeared in North American patent courts in recent months. In early 2006, Netac Technology, a Shezhen-based company, became the first Chinese company to sue a North American corporation for copyright infringement, when it brought a case in
John Lovelock, director general of the Federation Against Software Theft (FAST), said, “There appears to be a growing tendency for Chinese companies to enforce their IP rights at home against foreign competitors. For example, Chinese courts have recently made findings favouring Starbucks and Dell Computers in IP cases.”
Lovelock said that as countries develop their own valuable IP, they become more protective of it.
Analyst IDC estimates that 84% of the software used in
The Chinese government has also set up the China IPR Criminal Protection Forum, which will include representatives of the Chinese business community and the