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Intellectual Property Lawsuits
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ID: 0396 Upper Intermediate
You know it’s a heavy lesson when the writer of these intros has to look up the definition. So, to guard himself from any more ridicule: Here’s a podcast with a Mandarin Chinese lesson on intellectual property lawsuits in China, and some of the steps China has taken towards real IP law (blatantly copy and pasted from colleague’s explanation).
Mon Jan 15 2007 | Jenny, John
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|侵权||qīnquán||infringement of rights|
wǒ qiánliǎngtiān qù le yī ge kāfēidiàn ，gāng kāishǐ hái yǐwéi shì xīngbākè ne ，shéizhīdào shì jiǎmào de ！tā de shāngbiāo jīhū hé zhèngpái yīmóyīyàng 。nǐ shuō ，zhè bù shì míngxiǎn de qīnquán ma ？
A couple of days ago I went to a coffee shop. At first I thought it was a Starbucks. Who knew that it was just posing as a Starbucks! Its logo was almost identical to the real Starbucks logo. Don’t you think that’s obvious infringement?
ā ？wǒ hái yǐwéi zhèzhǒng shìqing zǎo méi le 。jīnnián ，Měiguó xīngbākè gào Shànghǎi yī jiā yòng le xiāngtóng míngzi de kāfēidiàn ，jiéguǒ fǎyuàn pàn Shànghǎi xīngbākè qīnquán ，péicháng wǔshí wàn yuán ，érqiě lìjí tíngzhǐ shǐyòng zhège míngzi 。āi ，zhēn méixiǎngdào ，shìchǎng shàng hái shì yǒu zhèyàngde màopáihuò 。
Huh? I thought that this type of thing wasn’t happening anymore. This year, Starbucks America sued a Shanghai coffee shop that was using the same name. The outcome was that the court ruled that the Shanghai Starbucks infringed on the rights of Starbucks, and had to pay compensation in the amount of 500,000 yuan. Furthermore, they were to immediately stop using the same name. Wow, I had no idea there were still these kinds of imitations on the market.
ng4 ，kànlai zhīshichǎnquán zhēnshì Zhōngguó suǒ miànlín zhe de yī ge dà wèntí 。yǐqián fǎlǜ bù jiànquán ，suǒyǐ hǎoduō shāngjiā dé bu dào bǎohù 。kěshì xiànzài ，fǎlǜ jìnbù le ，dàn hái shì yǒu nàme duō zuān kòngzi de rén 。chángqī zhèyàng xiàqu duì Zhōngguó de jīngjì fāzhǎn gāi shì duōme bùlì ā 。
Uh-huh. It seems like intellectual property rights are really a big problem that China is facing. Before, the laws were not as strong, so a lot of businesses couldn’t get protection. Now, the laws have improved, but there are still a lot of people looking for loopholes. This is detrimental to long-term economic development.
shì ā 。érqiě ，hěn duō guónèiwài chǎngshāng jīngcháng huì yùdào zhīshichǎnquán bèi qīnfàn de wèntí ，xiàng shāngbiāo 、bǎnquán 、zhuānlì děngděng 。shízài shì lìngrén dānxīn ā 。zhè bùjǐn yǐngxiǎng le wàishāng zài Zhōngguó de tóuzī ，duì guónèi de qǐyè hé wénhuà shìchǎng yě zàochéng le hěn dà de sǔnshī 。yǒu hǎoduō hángyè shènzhì yīncǐ ér wúfǎ shēngcún ne 。
Also, a lot of domestic and international firms frequently encounter problems with respect to intellectual property rights; whether it’s trademark, copyright or patent issues. This has not only affected foreign investment in China, but has also caused huge losses to domestic enterprises and the cultural market. Consequently, there even have been a lot of professions that were not able to survive.
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