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Intellectual Property Rights in China—A Literature Review on the Public's Perspective

  • Despite significant advances in terms of the adoption of formal Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) protection, enforcement of and compliance with IPR regulations remains a contested issue in one of the world's major contemporary economies—China. The present review seeks to offer insights into possible reasons for this discrepancy as well as possible paths of future development by reviewing prior literature on IPR in China. Specifically, it focuses on the public's perspective, which is a crucial determinant of the effectiveness of any IPR regime. It uncovers possible differences with public perspectives in other countries and points to mechanisms (e.g., political, economic, cultural, and institutional) that may foster transitions over time in both formal IPR regulation and in the public perception of and compliance with IPR in China. On this basis, the review advances suggestions for future research in order to improve scholars' understanding of the public's perspective of IPR in China, its antecedents and implications.

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Author:Katrin Muehlfeld, Mei Wang
Parent Title (English):Frontiers in Sociology
Publisher:Frontiers Media
Place of publication:Basel
Document Type:Article
Date of completion:2022/04/12
Date of publication:2022/04/12
Publishing institution:Universität Trier
Contributing corporation:The publication was funded by the Open Access Fund of Universität Trier and the German Research Foundation (DFG)
Release Date:2022/05/09
Tag:China; intellectual property rights; patents; public perception; trademarks
GND Keyword:China; Geistiges Eigentum
Volume (for the year ...):2022
Issue / no.:Band 7 (2022)
Number of pages:11
Institutes:Fachbereich 4
Dewey Decimal Classification:3 Sozialwissenschaften / 33 Wirtschaft / 330 Wirtschaft
Licence (German):License LogoCC BY: Creative-Commons-Lizenz 4.0 International

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