May 30, 1994 |
When Mickey Mouse returned to China last year to star in a monthly Walt Disney Co. comic book, a Hong Kong private investigation team was on hand to make sure impostors didn't steal his limelight. IP Protect Services (China) Ltd., China's first foreign-invested joint venture specializing in protecting intellectual property, is helping Disney take a state publishing house to court for using Mickey in a competing comic.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 11, 2000 |
New technologies are creating tremendous opportunities for businesses and consumers. But like many innovations throughout history, today's digital technologies are also spawning serious and fundamental challenges. The opportunities that lie ahead are without question immense. But I want to sound a different note by addressing the challenges, specifically combating the dangerous and misguided notion that property is not property if it's on the Web, and the piracy that that notion perpetuates.
January 18, 1992 |
Trade officials and business leaders in Hong Kong expressed optimism Friday over resolving other trade disputes between the United States and China following an agreement between both countries to protect American intellectual property rights. Brian Chau, Hong Kong's secretary for trade and industry, said the news of the agreement has helped ease the mood of uncertainty hanging over Hong Kong trade and paves the way for a brighter future.
December 31, 1994 |
Unable to resolve a dispute with China over intellectual property theft that targets American computer software, movies and tapes, the United States is preparing a list of punitive tariffs the Chinese warn could spark a trade war. Sources close to the negotiations said Friday the threatened trade sanctions will target more than $1 billion in Chinese products. The goal is to force the Chinese to halt what U.S. officials say are abuses that cost U.S.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1990 |
Ah, the power of an idea. The light bulb, the lightning rod, the airplane--creations of such pioneers as Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin and the Wright Brothers--are what made America great. Just ask the folks at the Inventors Workshop International-Ventura County chapter.
August 5, 1994 |
For the first time, a Chinese court has recognized a U.S. company's copyright, taking a critical step toward what experts say could be general protection for foreign goods and ideas in China. In a ruling Wednesday, the court agreed with Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. that a Chinese publisher and its distributor had pirated children's books bearing a Mickey Mouse logo and based on Disney's animated films. It was the first copyright violation case brought by a U.S.
July 28, 1994 |
Private investigators of the 1990s--far removed from the traditional trench-coat-clad sleuths tracking marital indiscretions, have found a new line of business--the fight against intellectual-property crime. So-called intellectual-property enforcement is a response to the upsurge in brand counterfeiting, copyright piracy and illegal importing that market liberalization and cheaper manufacturing methods have made much easier.
November 13, 2006
AS U.S. NEGOTIATORS move closer to a critical deal with Russia to lower trade barriers and protect intellectual property, China's treatment of the movie industry stands as a reminder of how fleeting progress can be. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative announced Friday that it had reached an agreement in principle with Russian officials on that nation's entry into the World Trade Organization.
July 27, 1994 |
Instead of waiting for his day in court, PC Dynamics President Peter Avritch decided to go straight to the top in defending his company against what appeared to be an unreasonable patent-infringement lawsuit. Avritch sent two-foot-tall stuffed pink rabbits and pleas for help to U.S. Sens. Dennis DeConcini (D-Ariz.) and Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.). He spent days on the telephone enlisting support from colleagues and rivals. Perhaps most important, he told his tale of woe to the media.