China has launched its first specialised court for adjudication of intellectual property-related matters - the Beijing Intellectual Property Court (BIPC). With BIPC's commencement of operations on 6 November 2014, the intermediate courts of the Beijing municipality no longer accept any IP-related civil and administrative cases.
However, for a case, as of 5 November 2014, which has been filed with an intermediate court in Beijing but has not yet been concluded, or whose filing is pending after relevant materials have been submitted to an intermediate court in Beijing, it will continue to be handled by the respective intermediate court.
Beijing's history of hearing IP cases dates back to 1993 when the country's first IP tribunal was set up within Beijing First Intermediate People's Court. By now all of the three intermediate courts in Beijing have their respective IP tribunals.
The establishment of BIPC was in accordance with a decision promulgated by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China on 31 August 2014. Two IP courts are expected to open, one in Shanghai and the other in Guangzhou, by the end of this year.