China and Indonesia Will Cooperate On IPR

China and Indonesia just signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on IPR cooperation, see here. In regard to the necessity of the protection of traditional knowledge and genetic resources China has found an ally in Indonesia.


Peter Leung of Managing IP wrote the blog post Intellectual Property with Chinese characteristics about China’s more assertive stance in regard to international IP standards. That while smaller countries work to comply to international IP standards, “China, while also doing that, has also the clout to change the standard themselves.” 


It will be interesting to watch whether cooperation with countries such as Indonesia can help in accomplishing China’s goal of  establishing traditional knowledge and genetic resources as an international IPR norm.





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Things to do in the Summer, CHECK: WTI/CUHK Summer Programme on Intellectual Property in HK

IP Dragon spent his holiday participating in the WTI/CUHK Summer Programme on intellectual property, indeed co-organised by the World Trade Institute in Bern and Chinese University of Hong Kong, from July 9 -20.


The coming days I would like to give you an overview of some of the things, relevant to intellectual property rights in China and Hong Kong, I learned from professors Thomas Cottier (WTI) see here, Arno Hold (WTI), Michael Pendleton (CUHK), Bryan Mercurio (CUHK), Peter K. Yu (Drake University), Elliot Papageorgiou (Rouse), Mathias Schaeli (Swiss IPI), Philip Monaghan (Mayer Brown) and last but not least Ron Marchant (former head of IPO UK).  Beside getting updates on bilateral and multilateral treaties, WIPO, WTO, law in China and Hong Kong, the event brought professors together from Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, South Africa, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, and Vietnam, to discuss intellectual property and policy issues.




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IP Komodo v IP Dragon

The Komodo dragon or varanus komodoensis is the world’s largest lizard and lives on the island of Komodo in Indonesia. One particular Komodo has a keen interest in Intellectual Property (see IP Komodo’s blog at IP Komodo is spending some time prowling around China in March and by dint of being the biggest and […]