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Intellectual Property Right Litigation on the Rise in China
April 9, 2009, 2:18 am
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IP litigation is on the rise throughout China

IP litigation is on the rise throughout China

The number of intellectual property right (IPR) litigations is rising in Shanghai’s courts. In 2008 they accepted 1,757 IPR-related cases and resolved 1,634, 43.1 percent and 33.2 percent respectively higher than those in previous year. More than 15 percent cases involve overseas parties, mostly from the United States, Britain, Japan and Germany.

Last month, fashion firm Louis Vuitton (LV) brought the owners of a Shanghai shop, patronized by Canadian singer Celine Dion, to court for selling counterfeit versions of its trademark products. LV is demanding 1 million yuan ($145,000) from them. No verdict has been given.

Meng Ting, a lawyer with Beijing Jinque Law Firm, said despite a major drive towards IPR protection “counterfeit goods are still widely seen”, as “the compensation is way too little compared to the profit”. If the plaintiff fails to quantify the loss, he can claim a maximum of 500,000 yuan.

Source: China Daily

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