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China goes on an intellectual property offensive

Enhanced IP legislation means foreign companies need to be ready for lawsuits

Chinese companies have become more protective of their own intellectual property rights. (Source photo by AP) 

TOKYO -- Foreign businesses in China are becoming key targets in a growing number of intellectual property lawsuits filed by Chinese companies. Enhanced IP legislation, which has led to high amounts of damages for violations granted by courts, has opened the floodgates for litigation.

As Chinese firms have become more protective of their own IP rights, the number of IP-related lawsuits filed in China in 2020 was more than three times the figure for 2016.

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