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The Supreme People’s Court issued special report on IP infringement cases

Recently, the Supreme People’s Court issued the special report of judicial data on intellectual property cases (hereinafter the report), showing that from 2015 to 2016, about 50.88% of these cases in China were closed via withdrawal.

In 2016, there was a rise in terms of the number of intellectual property infringement cases, an increase of 41.36% as compared with that of 2015. Among these cases, copyright cases, trademark cases and patent cases respectively accounted for 50.2%, 34.17% and 15.63%. Guangdong, Beijing and Zhejiang ranked top 3 regarding the number of concluded cases.

According to the report, foreign related intellectual property infringement cases involved 28 countries, and the U.S., France and Germany were among the top 3 in terms of case number. The plaintiffs and defendants of these cases were mainly corporations, which accounted for 87.32% of the plaintiffs and 74.76% of the defendants. About 23.35% of these cases had two or more defendants.

It is also pointed out that the average trial period for infringement cases was 105 days. Only 7.93% of the claims by the plaintiffs were fully supported by the court.

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