Prof. Jyh-An LEE published an article titled “Shifting IP battlegrounds in the U.S.—China trade war” in the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts (2020).
This article provides an overview of the current intellectual property (IP) debates between the two largest economies in the world. It illustrates the transformation of the Chinese government’s role from inactive IP law enforcer to active facilitator of access to and acquisition of foreign technologies. This study explains how China’s approach to learning western technologies has transformed from low-end imitation to gaining a controlling stake in foreign companies via joint ventures or outbound investments. Prof. Lee argues that the recent IP trade war represented the struggle for global technological leadership as well as a new institutional competition in the post-Cold War era. Moreover, China’s “economic aggression,” as the United States understood it, caused a number of unsolved issues for the international IP regime, which included the justification of China’s controversial IP policies for the purpose of industrial catch-up as well as the evidentiary and legal bases for holding China liable for its economic aggression in relation to IP.
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