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What have MNEs and governments done about the counterfeiting problem in China?

A number of powerful MNEs have formed a lobbying group to attempt to get the government of China to crack down on counterfeiters. These lobbying groups engage in training sessions, best practice seminars, and other non-confrontational activities with the Chinese government.

The US government has attempted to use formal and informal means of negotiating with the Chinese on IP issues, including threatening sanctions. Recently, the US has begun to use the WTO’s dispute settlement system as a forum in which to challenge China’s protection of intellectual property rights (this has had mixed results).


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