China has revised its laws on copyright and trademarks to bring them into line with World Trade Organisation rules, South China Morning Post said. The new Copyright Law provides stronger computer software protection by including a stricter definition of pirating and extends protection to acrobatic performances and architectural drawings. The new law also includes practical provisions to make disputes easier to settle. Under the law, any alleged infringement can be stopped by filing a complaint with the court.
The new Trademark Law replaces one originally enacted in 1982. It provides protection to international trademarks, even those not already registered in China, and prohibits the registration of imitations or translations of internationally famous brand names. In addition, individuals for the first time have the right to apply for a trademark.