Rating jurisdiction standards for IP civil cases adjusted
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The Supreme People's Court has announced that, from February 1 2010, courts across China must implement newly adjusted rating jurisdiction standards in IP-related civil cases.
IP civil cases that will have their first instance hearings at High People’s Courts include the following:
- cases where the amount claimed is not less than Rmb200 million (approximately $29.3 million);
- cases where one of the parties is not from the province of a High People’s Court and the amount claimed is not less than Rmb100 million (approximately $14.65million); and
- cases involving foreign parties, or parties from Hong Kong or Macau.
IP civil cases that do not meet the above requirements will have their first instance hearings at Intermediate People’s Courts, except cases that can first be heard by District People’s Courts that are appointed by the Supreme People’s Court and have jurisdiction over IP civil cases.
Linda Chang, Rouse, Shanghai
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