What You Need To Know About Patent Litigation In China

Law360 (August 9, 2018, 8:13 PM EDT) -- Law360's tour of prominent patent jurisdictions around the globe focuses this week on China, where patent applications and infringement actions in specialized courts are booming, but a lack of discovery and political concerns might give pause to some foreign litigants.

Patent applications have soared in China in recent years, with the State Intellectual Property Office, or SIPO, receiving a record total of 1.3 million in 2016, more than double the approximately 600,000 filed at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

When patents are issued in China, they are increasingly asserted in litigation: 16,010 civil patent suits were filed in 2017, up...

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