Arguably the most significant change in China’s intellectual property (IP) system in 2014-2015 is the launch of the specialised IP courts. Although the idea came from the mid-1990s, the speed with which China set up the new courts after making the decision demonstrates a strong attitude for reforming the current IP enforcement system.
According to the official statement, the establishment of specialised IP courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou is intended to better deal with “technology centric” matters such as patent and trade secret cases.
There is no doubt the new courts will have significant impact on adjudication of trademark and copyright cases as well. The business community naturally has a deep interest in how these new courts may affect their overall IP strategies in China. This column discusses how the above-mentioned specialised courts may affect the handling of IP cases and IP protection.
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He Jing is a senior consultant and Pei Lyu is an associate at AnJie Law Firm
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