The European Union claims the challenged measures are inconsistent with provisions under the WTO's Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights and China's Protocol of Accession to the WTO.
Further information is available in document WT/DS611/1.
What is a request for consultations?
The request for consultations formally initiates a dispute in the WTO. Consultations give the parties an opportunity to discuss the matter and to find a satisfactory solution without proceeding further with litigation. After 60 days, if consultations have failed to resolve the dispute, the complainant may request adjudication by a panel.