Title

The Rise of China in the International Intellectual Property Regime

Document Type

Book Section

Publication Date

3-2019

ISBN

978 1 78643 505 7

DOI

10.4337/9781786435064

Abstract

The rise of China in the international arena has caught the attention of many – whether they are excited about the country's ascendancy or worried about its territorial ambitions. Voluminous literature now exists to cover the impact of China's rise on the international geopolitical and economic systems. One area that has not garnered much attention thus far is the impact of China's rise on the international intellectual property regime.

To examine this impact, the present chapter begins by revisiting the typology scholars have used to chart the progress a country has made in its engagement with international norms: (1) norm breaker; (2) norm taker; (3) norm shaker; and (4) norm maker. Although China has been widely considered a norm breaker or a norm taker in the intellectual property arena, it has now slowly taken on the roles of both a norm shaker and a norm maker.

This chapter then examines three notable developments that have enabled China to shape future international intellectual property norms: (1) the negotiation of free trade agreements; (2) the development of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership; and (3) the establishment of the Belt and Road Initiative. The chapter further explains why China has now assumed a more assertive role in the intellectual property arena. It concludes by identifying four sets of questions for future research.

First Page

424

Last Page

444

Num Pages

21

Series

Handbooks of Research on International Political Economy Series

Publisher

Edward Elgar Publishing

Editor

Ka Zeng

Book Title

Handbook on the International Political Economy of China

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