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Abstract

This paper examines the development of Intellectual property (I.P.) in China from 1978 up to the 21st century. From 1978 to China’s accession into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, the state’s I.P. laws have continuously evolved. The crafting of laws to fall in sync with the country’s modernization goals was intercepted by foreign pressure that sought to streamline them with international standards. China’s compliance mirrors its desire to become a more globally integrated and competitive nation. Although major improvements have been achieved since 1978, I.P. in China continues to be an issue given the limitations and challenges of enforcement.

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