Alibaba marketplace stays on US government piracy blacklist

Business 04/25/19, 10:23

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group remains on the U.S. government's annual list of "notorious markets" that peddle counterfeit products.The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative said Thursday that Alibaba's on-line marketplace Taobao.com continues sell "high volumes" of pirated goods, according to companies that say they've been victimized. It also said ...

Who owns aloha? Hawaii eyes protections for native culture

U.S. 04/18/19, 00:29

Last year, much of Hawaii was shocked to learn a Chicago restaurant chain owner had trademarked the name "Aloha Poke" and wrote to cubed fish shops around the country demanding that they stop using the Hawaiian language moniker for their own eateries. The cease-and-desist letters targeted a downtown Honolulu restaurant ...

US to China: Don’t steal trade secrets the way we used to do

Business 03/28/19, 10:25

The upstart nation was a den of intellectual piracy. One of its top officials urged his countrymen to steal and copy foreign machinery. Across the ocean, a leading industrial power tried in vain to guard its trade secrets from the brash young rival. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, ...

US charges against Huawei could inflame China trade talks

Politics 01/29/19, 00:31

The Trump administration's unveiling of criminal charges against the Chinese tech giant Huawei has complicated high-level talks set to begin Wednesday in Washington that are intended to defuse the trade war between the administration and Beijing. The Justice Department charged Monday that Huawei had violated U.S. sanctions against sales to Iran ...

China again tops UN agency’s ranking of top patent filers

World 12/03/18, 09:50

A U.N. agency says China has issued the most international patent applications for an eighth straight year, showing the country's heft in intellectual property amid U.S. President Donald Trump's accusation that the growing Asia power steals it. The World Intellectual Property Organization said Monday that innovators around the world filed a ...

A sharing economy for plants: Seed libraries are sprouting up

Business 11/20/18, 21:30

Thanksgiving may be uniquely American, but its core spirit was exported from harvest festivals stretching back for millennia. Its essence is being grateful for what one has, while noting a duty to share one’s good fortune. In my new book, “The Food Sharing Revolution: How Start-Ups, Pop-Ups, and Co-Ops are Changing the Way We Eat,” ...

Xi’s latest promises of economic openness ring hollow

World 11/13/18, 21:44

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke at China’s first International Import Expo in Shanghai earlier this month, reiterating familiar promises that China will improve access to trade, facilitate investment, and protect intellectual property. He and President Donald Trump will meet to discuss outstanding trade issues at the G20 summit in Argentina later this month. The ...

Chinese premier says reforms, not stimulus, vital for growth

Business 11/13/18, 00:26

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang says the country needs reforms to support business to help drive growth as it weathers a trade war with the U.S., rather than more economic stimulus. Li said Tuesday in Singapore that China can energize its slowing economy by adjusting policies, such as streamlining bureaucratic procedures like ...

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