By Aug 20, the newly launched IP courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong province had heard 10,795 cases, of which 4,160 had been concluded, according to statistics released by the top court.

The courts, established at the end of last year, are the enforcement arm of judicial reform put forward by China's top leaders in 2013, aiming to improve the professionalism of case hearings and boost the quality of trials.

To handle the rapidly increasing number of cases, the three IP courts are also taking action to alleviate problems as soon as possible. For example, the Beijing IP court is setting up a database of technological experts who can act as a think tank for judges. The IP court in Shanghai has also launched a website in English to publish IP verdicts for foreigners.