In April, Beijing Higher People’s Court issued the Guideline for Handling IP Disputes in Cyberspace following a rapid in such cases in the capital.

The chief judge of the IP tribunal said that the guideline was based on two years of research and study and covered online copyright and brands.

Last year alone, Beijing courts filed 13,939 IP cases, up 24.1 percent year-on-year, according to the High People's Court's figures. More than 10,000 of the disputes took place online.

Of the cases, 10,935 related to copyright, 506 were about patents and 1,210 were caused by brand infringement, the court said. 4_1261673.html