In order to standardize the procedures for hearing cases about conduct preservation for intellectual property right and competition dispute, the Supreme People's Court published the Interpretation on Several Issues related to Applicable Law for Hearing Cases about Conduct Preservation for Intellectual Property Right and Competition Dispute issued by the Supreme People’s Court (Draft for Public Consultation) (hereinafter referred to as the Draft) on February 26, and would allow the public to raise any suggestion to it, and the deadline for such consultation is March 30, 2015.

According to the Draft, any party involved in the intellectual property right and competition dispute might, before the judgment or the arbitration award comes into force, apply for conduct preservation measures to the people’s court, namely that it could order or prohibit the respondent to do something.

When applying for conduct preservation for intellectual property right and competition dispute before hearing, the party should submit such application to the people’s court with jurisdiction for corresponding intellectual property right and competition dispute, where the conduct preservation for application would take place and the respondent is located, or the people’s court with jurisdiction for such case.

The Draft also stipulated terms and conditions about application form and stated matters related to cases about conduct preservation for intellectual property right and competition dispute, hearing proceedings, and treatment for non-performance of preservation judgment.