The verdict on China’s specialist IP courts

By Jack Ellis

Two years after the Beijing IP Court became China’s first specialised IP dispute forum, evidence from its first year of operations suggests that the country is right to push ahead with specialisation

China’s three specialist IP courts – located in the major hubs of Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai – have been the most high-profile exemplars of the rapid, state-led evolution of the country’s IP enforcement landscape this past decade. The Beijing IP Court was the first to launch in November 2014, with its counterparts in Guangzhou and Shanghai commencing operations in December 2014 and January 2015, respectively. According to the China Daily, the three venues have already handled over 30,300 cases.

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