Official Says China Has Stepped Up IPR Enforcement

Law360, New York (October 24, 2003, 12:00 AM EDT) -- China has aggressively stepped up law enforcement to protect intellectual property rights, Wang Jingchuan, commissioner of the State Intellectual Property Office, told the Xinhua news agency in an exclusive interview.

Chinese courts accepted and heard more than 6,200 civil cases on intellectual property issues in 2002, amounting to an annual increase of 18%, Wang said. Of those cases, 1,824 concerned copyrights, 2,080 concerned patents and 707 dealt with trademarks.

The courts also heard 409 criminal cases on intellectual property infringement, leading to convictions in 253 cases,...
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