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IPAD, EPAD and Apple’s Intellectual Property battles in China

China, the fastest growing major economy in the world has acceded to the major international conventions that protect intellectual property rights.

Since joining the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, China has strengthened its legal framework and amended its intellectual property rights laws and regulations to comply with the WTO Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPs).

However, despite stronger statutory protection, China, like other countries, continues to be a haven for counterfeiters and pirates. Apple, the well known US tech company, is currently embroiled in several legal battles involving its intellectual property in the Chinese market. More…