By Catherine Guo, Chen Changhui

As the Sino-US trade war develops, the topic of the protection of intellectual property rights (IPR) in China is, as usual, front and centre. But only by fully understanding the past, present and future of IPR protection in the country can we properly evaluate it and predict how things will develop.

Foreign companies will make their own judgement on the state of IPR protection in China, and there are accusations against it with regard to data-gathering at a national level, but it should be recognised that outstanding progress has been made in protecting internationally sourced IPR. So, back at the trade war, investors are likely to find it more interesting and illuminating to look at the true situation with regard to IPR protection in China than to listen to the hype.