His aides say the Governor’s visit will help shine a light on the issue of intellectual property theft, or goods that are “knocked off” in China. That’s where movie and software piracy are rampant. Anupam Chander teaches intellectual property rights law at U-C Davis and says lawyers there are still learning to defend such protections.
“Since China has opened up its economy to modernization in some sense, China began its patent and trademark codes in 1982 and 1984 so it’s very new to China.”
Chander says efforts must continue to educate Chinese attorneys on handling the problem and that in the past lawyers from that country have attended the University of California to study the subject.
As for the Governor’s trip, a showcase and other events will highlight the issue, including the unveiling of a public service announcement on piracy featuring action star Jackie Chan.