Article for the International Chamber of Commerce IP

    11/30/2008

    China Released National IP Strategy on 10 June 2008

    China's State Council approved on 10 June 2008 a long-awaited National IP Strategy (the Strategy) that, inter alia, commits the Government to consider developing specialised IP courts.

    Section 4 of the Strategy deals with IP enforcement. Paragraph 45 states that the Government should "explore the possibility of establishing specialised IP courts to deal with IP-related civil, administrative and criminal cases". In particular, paragraph 45 raises the possibility of the setting up of a central IP appeal court in Beijing, stating that China's Government will study the need for an appropriately centralised jurisdiction to deal with IP cases that require highly technical knowledge, for example, patent cases, and explore the possibility of establishing an appellate court specialising in IP appeals.

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