By  on April 10, 2007

WASHINGTON - U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab said she would bring two trade cases against China to the World Trade Organization on Tuesday, cracking down on what many executives and lawmakers view as inadequate protections of intellectual property rights.One case addresses China's legal protocols for protecting and enforcing copyrights and trademarks, singling out, for example, high legal thresholds required to launch criminal prosecutions against counterfeiters. The second case targets barriers to trade in books, music, videos and movies."Piracy and counterfeiting levels in China remain unacceptably high," Schwab said in a statement. "Inadequate protection of intellectual property rights in China costs U.S. firms and workers billions of dollars each year, and in the case of many products, it also poses a serious risk of harm to consumers in China, the United States and around the world."See tomorrow's issue of WWD for complete coverage

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