Is there hope for IPR in China?

In my blog (here, here and here) I often talk about the lack of Intellectual Property protection in China and try to offer some solutions to protect ourselves.  But today I am happy to say there was some positive news about IP reported in the China Daily: 

All government departments at, and above, county level will use licensed software by the end of 2013 in the latest move to protect intellectual property rights (IPR). 

Industry insiders predicted that the move will create a wave of business opportunities for software providers, especially for foreign brands. 

A source from the Ministry of Commerce said all government departments in 600 cities and 2,900 counties will use licensed software by the end of 2013, while the 31 provincial-level governments will promote the use of licensed software by the end of next June. 

The move came after 135 central government departments, including all ministries, completed installing licensed software at a cost of more than 140 million yuan ($22 million) in May. 


Let’s hope this is not just a symbolic gesture, but actually demonstrates that Beijing is commitment to protecting IP. They have a long way to go!

Wishing you successful China sourcing!

Mike Bellamy

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Mike Bellamy is an Advisory Board Member & Featured Blogger at the not-for-profit China Sourcing Information Center ( He is also the author of, “The Essential Reference Guide to China Sourcing” ( and founder of PassageMaker Sourcing Solutions (

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