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EU: WTO to rule in patent disputes

The European Union is demanding information from China regarding several court rulings and thus new legal regulations on intellectual property (IP) in the telecommunications industry. The newly introduced practice in China prohibits foreign companies from using EU courts to enforce disputes over IP rights, as a spokeswoman for the EU Commission’s Directorate-General for Trade told China.Table. The EU is now asking the World Trade Organization to review a total of four Chinese court decisions. “These new laws threat companies, that decide to file complaints with courts outside of China, with fines of up to 130,000 Euros per day,” the EU trade directorate complained. The EU is now reviewing this new measure in detail to ensure China respects the rights of EU patent holders and its WTO commitments.

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