How to run an administrative raid in China

By Danny Chen

While administrative raids are a popular anti-counterfeiting tool, ensuring that they work smoothly and efficiently is another matter. This could well hinge on the rights holder’s relationship with the local administration for industry and commerce

Administrative raids are a popular anti-counterfeiting weapon for owners of Chinese registered trademarks. The Annual Development Report on China’s Trademark Strategy 2013 indicates that in 2013, administrations for industry and commerce (AICs) at all levels investigated and dealt with 49,971 trademark infringement and counterfeiting cases – including 11,735 foreign-related cases – with a total of 6.53 million illegal trademark labels being seized and destroyed, and 362 suspected criminal cases and 347 suspects transferred to judicial organisations.

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