At the conference of the Quality Brands Protection Committee of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investment in June, a deputy director of the Economic Crime Investigation Bureau of the Ministry of Public Security, the nation's top police authority, addressed that the police authorities, as judicial law enforcement, are the "last barrier" to protect intellectual property rights and they will give equal protection to domestic and foreign right holders.

The ministry and many local police forces have also established cooperation with IP rights owners and industry association. The ministry has also established IP criminal enforcement cooperation mechanisms with 35 international law enforcement agencies, such as the International Criminal Police Organization, and has participated in the investigation of more than 40 international cases in the past two years.

Since 2011, the public security authorities nationwide have investigated about 190,000 criminal cases on IP infringement and the manufacturing and sales of counterfeit and substandard goods, involving total potential value of 120 billion yuan ($17.5 billion).

Among those cases, 2,400 were under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Security and all of them have concluded.

The ministry’s most closely scrutinized areas include counterfeit food, medicines, farming materials and clothes, passing-off patents and trade secrets violations. 0629_1312328.html