52,000 new cases of intellectual property rights in China

December 20th, 2011 - 5:30 pm ICT by IANS  

Beijing, Dec 20 (IANS) Chinese courts heard 52,708 new cases of intellectual property right infringement from January to October 2011, up 42.2 percent from the same period of 2010, the Supreme People’s Court (SPC) said Tuesday.

The number of IPR infringement cases heard by the courts nationwide has risen significantly since China entered the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, from 5,265 in 2001 to 42,931 in 2010, with an annual increase of 26 percent, Sun Jungong, SPC spokesperson, said at a press conference Tuesday.

“China has made great progress in the protection of intellectual property during the past 10 years,” Xinhua quoted Sun as saying.

“As the status of intellectual property has increased in national development, its judicial protection has become an indispensable part in the national development strategy,” Sun added.

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