Although the EU action on China shares common ground with the U.S., the route taken by the European Commission is however significantly different in that its less dramatic and disruptive.
With the European Commission (EC) dragging China to the World Trade Organization over matters related to patent rights of European firms, China’s Ministry of Commerce (MofCom) stated it will handle the complaint in accordance to WTO’s dispute settlement procedures.
The incident underscores the fact that the United States is not the only one complaining about China’s alleged patent violations and the forced handover of proprietary technology to their Chinese joint venture partners.
The EC has lodged a complaint against China’s “breach of patent rights of European companies”.
“The Chinese government has always attached great importance to the protection of intellectual property rights and adopted strong measures to protect the legitimate rights and interests of domestic and foreign intellectual property rights holders,” said MofCom in a statement.