Supreme People's Court issued White Paper of Intellectual Property Protection by Chinese Courts (2014) on April 20. According to the White Paper analysis, in 2014, the leading role of the judiciary to protect Intellectual Property was further improved, showing new features of rapid growth in the quantity of cases, improvement in trial quality and efficiency, further promotion of open trial and significant improvement in the trial influence.
"The growth of IP administrative cases of first instance is most significant, reaching 243.66%, mainly due to that with the implementation of the revised trademark law, administrative cases of trademark grant and confirmation increase dramatically, up to 9190 cases, accounting for 92.67% of the IP first instance cases accepted nationwide." said Song Xiaoming, the presiding judge of the Third Court of Civil Trial of Supreme People's Court.
In 2014, Intellectual Property Courts were established in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. As of the end of February, 2015, the Intellectual Property Court has accepted 2832 cases, of which 2219 are first instance cases and 613 are second instance cases; 1630 are civil cases and 1202 are administrative cases.
"The establishment of Intellectual Property Court is a fundamental and institutional measure for judicial reform. With attention by relevant authorities, the Intellectual Property Court was established in a short time, making a major breakthrough in the history of the judicial protection of Intellectual Property in China.” said Song Xiaoming
When it comes to the work in 2015, Tao Kaiyuan, Vice President of the Supreme People's Court pointed out that, the court will focus on promoting the following four areas: first, to study and deploy initiatives related to further playing the leading role in protecting intellectual property rights; second, to legally and properly hear all types of intellectual property cases, strengthen IPR trial supervision, further standardize law application, and unify judgment standards; third, relying on the IP judicial protection research center of the Supreme People's Court, to vigorously carry out research, focus on solving difficult problems in judicial practice, promptly draft and introduce judicial interpretation and judicial policy, to improve the IPR judicial protection system with Chinese characteristics; fourth, to strengthen the guidance of specialized courts for intellectual property, discover, standardize and improve the operational mechanism of intellectual property court. （Source: People’s Daily）
The data also show that in 2013, international patent applications worldwide through the Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) are 205,000, an increase of 5.1%, which is a record high. United States (57,239), Japan (43,918), Chinese (21,516), Germany (17,927) and South Korea (12,386) are the top five respectively. China ranks the third, which for the first time surpasses Germany; accounting for 10.5% of the global total, with an increase of nearly 1 percent against 2012. In the corporate patent applications, ZTE Corporation relegated Panasonic (2,881) with 2,309 published PCT international patent applications, ranking second in the world; Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. ranked the third with 2,094, one rank higher compared to last year.