Intellectual Property | 26 June 2019

There is a continuously rising number of IP litigation cases in China in the past five years. For example, the number of civil, administrative and criminal IP cases newly filed before the courts in 2018 reached 334,951, according to the Annual Report on the Judicial Protection of Intellectual Property Rights of Chinese Courts (2018), which is an increase of 97,709 (41.19%) over 2017. Among all of these IP cases, the proportion of foreign-related IP cases, about 20%, is relatively high, indicating that foreign-invested companies/foreign persons are increasingly inclined to defend their rights in Chinese courts through litigation.

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