According to the latest statistics by the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) of China, China’s courts concluded totally 147,000 IPR cases in the first instance in 2016.
In 2016, the SPC formulated new judicial interpretations for hearing patent disputes as a way to facilitate the innovation-driven innovation strategy and concluded several IPR cases with great social impact, including the Jordan trademark dispute, the closure of which has shown China’s determination to protect IPR and fight against infringement.
The chief justice of the SPC, Qiang ZHOU, addressed in the annual work report of the SPC that, the court will give full play to the functions of the trial to sustain steadiness, stimulate innovation and encourage business startups for further development in 2017.
Meanwhile, the prosecutorial system nationwide issued 15 opinions to guarantee scientific innovation and instituted public prosecutions against 21,505 suspects in 2016. 29 provinces, regions and municipalities, including Hubei province, Yunnan province and Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, had set administrative enforcement and criminal justice information sharing platforms against infringement and counterfeit.