SPC reports progress on judicial protection of IPR

Judges from the Supreme People's Court (SPC) introduced the progress China has made in providing judicial protection for intellectual property rights at a press conference held by the Information Office of the State Council on April 21. According to Jiang Bixin, vice-president of the SPC, Chinese courts accepted 481,793 new IPR cases of various types and concluded 475,853 over the past year, respective year-on-year increases of 44.16 percent and 48.87 percent.

China mulls amending law to strengthen copyright protection

China's lawmakers began reviewing a draft amendment to the Copyright Law to strengthen copyright protection in cyberspace and enhance supervision and punishment on illegal acts. The draft amendment was submitted for deliberation at the regular session of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, which opened Sunday. With the rapid development and application of new technologies, some existing regulations can no longer meet the practical needs, read Yuan Shuhong, vice minister of justice, when briefing on the draft to the legislators.

Beijing intensifies crackdown on IP infringement, counterfeiting

The Beijing municipal government has intensified crackdown on intellectual property (IP) infringement and counterfeiting, investigating and handling 2,072 such cases in 2019.The city's market supervision department also fined and confiscated a total of 130 million yuan (about 18.39 million U.S. dollars) involving the cases last year.