Xiang Wang Discusses Non-Offensive Approach Towards Chinese Counterfeiters

Reuters | June.26.2012

This article, about the prevalence of knockoff Angry Birds products in China and creator Rovio’s acceptance and inclusion of merchants selling counterfeiter 'Angry Birds' merchandise, quotes Beijing intellectual property partner Xiang Wang regarding whether this practice can indeed be profitable.

"This actually can be a successful model. Makers of shoes, integrated circuit chips and laminated flooring are among those that have successfully co-opted counterfeiters in China," Wang said. He also commented about the alternative approach - attacking pirates in court. "You can win on paper, but paper means nothing. When you go to enforce it, local companies pay the judges, they pay the local government officials, so enforcement will take years."