The European Commission lodged a complaint to the WTO against China last week over its breach of patent rights of European companies. That came along side EC’s complaint against US steel and aluminum tariffs.
Chinese Ministry of Commerce responded to the complaint over the weekend, saying that it regrets the complaint and said it will handle it through WTO dispute settlement. At this same time the MOFCOM said “The Chinese government has always attached great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights and adopted many powerful measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of domestic and foreign intellectual property rights holders. The achievements have been obvious to all. In terms of intellectual property cooperation, China and the EU have established a working group mechanism for intellectual property rights. Through this mechanism, China and the EU have maintained effective communication and achieved positive results in many areas.”