WASHINGTON, DC — December 20, 2013 —
BSA | The Software Alliance today welcomed commitments made by China at the ministerial level negotiating sessions of the US-China Joint Commission on Commerce and Trade (JCCT) to improve the environment for intellectual property protection in China with the goal of increasing legitimate sales of IP-intensive goods and services.
“We welcome China’s commitment to make legitimate sales the measure of progress in its effort to improve intellectual property protection,” said BSA President and CEO Victoria Espinel. “The US and Chinese governments have had ongoing negotiations to address high levels of unlicensed software use in China. This year’s JCCT talks underscore that this will need to be a sustained effort.”
In addition to its pledge to foster legitimate sales, China also committed to take a number of other actions important to software, including curbing trade secret theft, improving civil enforcement against IP infringement, extending patent protection to graphical user interfaces, and accelerating negotiations toward joining the WTO’s Government Procurement Agreement. “BSA looks forward to working with the US and Chinese governments to follow up on these important commitments,” said Espinel.
Click here to download the full list of JCCT commitments.