The US government should withdraw its complaint
against China to the WTO over the intellectual property rights (IPR) issue,
China's top IPR official reiterated on Tuesday.
"The Chinese government has always been firm in protecting intellectual
property rights and attained significant achievements in this respect. It's not
a sensible move for the US government to file a complaint against China to the
WTO," said Tian Lipu, director of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO).
The United States filed two WTO complaints against China over copyright
piracy and restrictions on the sale of US books, music, videos and movies early
"As far as I know, negotiators from China and the US are still in the
consultation stages within the WTO framework," Tian said, speaking at a seminar
organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and SIPO in
He said that it was still hard to predict the result of the consultation
since it was the first time China had handled such a complaint.
"But we will respond to it positively according to WTO rules and fight
through to the end," Tian vowed.
According to rules set by WTO, trade negotiators from both countries should
try to resolve the dispute within a 60-day consultation period from the day the
complaint was lodged. Otherwise, the United States can ask the WTO to establish
Tian said it was unreasonable for the United States to ignore the huge
progress achieved by China in IPR protection.
He stressed that the amount of invention patent applications in China ranked
fourth in the world last year and it increased by 28.4 percent on average
between 2000 and 2006.
"IPR protection is a natural option for building an innovative country. It
also serves China's goal for overall development. Therefore, the Chinese
government will continue its efforts to protect IPR and combat copyright piracy
no matter what decisions the US makes," Tian noted.