Changsha Intellectual Property Tribunal was established on March 1st , 2018 in Changsha, capital of Hunan Province. With its establishment, China now possesses a total of three Intellectual Property Courts (in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai) and 15 Intellectual Property Tribunals (in Tianjin, Chengdu, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Nanjing, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Hefei, Ningbo, Fuzhou, Jinan, Qingdao, Xi’an, Zhengzhou and Changsha).

Changsha Intellectual will have jurisdiction over the following intellectual property cases:

(1) First instance IP civil cases or administrative cases related to patents, new plant varieties, layout-designs of integrated circuits, technical secrets, computer software, determination of well-known trademarks and monopoly disputes that take place in Human Province;

(2) First instance IP civil cases or administrative cases related to trademarks, copyrights, unfair com-petitions, technical contract disputes that take place in Changsha city.

(3) Cases of appeals against the decision of first instance IP criminal cases made by the basic-level people’s court in Changsha city.

This recent development marks another big step forward for stronger IP enforcement in China, and we are looking forward to even more changes.