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China Insight - Intellectual Property

China Establishes Specialized IP Courts


On 31 October 2014, the PRC Supreme People’s Court issued the Provisions of the Supreme People’s Court on the Jurisdiction of the IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou (“Provisions”). The Provisions took effect on 3 November 2014. The Beijing IP Court was already established on 6 November 2014. The IP courts in Shanghai and Guangzhou will be established successively before the end of this year.

In the past, there were no specialized IP courts in China. Instead, Chinese courts had established specialized IP divisions to hear IP cases.

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Emily Xu, LL.M.
April Chu, LL.M.