In 2016, customs authorities streamlined the procedures for file for IPR and suspended charges, resulting in 8,844 IPR filings last year, up 55% year-on-year.

Chinese companies are becoming more aware of IPR protection and had filed 27,873 IPR with the General Administration of Customs (GAC) by the end of last year, accounting for 52.51% of all IPR on record.

In the meantime, Chinese companies are also victims of IPR infringements. Customs seized 7.58 million pieces of goods suspected of infringing the IPR of Chinese companies in 2016, up 13.2% from the previous year. The GAC took measures on 12 IPR protection cases in which IPR of Chinese companies were infringed upon in 2016, up from 4 cases in 2015.