Chinese courts are increasingly receptive to patent suits, even when they are lodged by foreign firms
Sorry, I have been working 24/7 this week. But here is an interesting story from the Wall Street Journal for which I provided data and background: http://www.wsj.com/articles/stronger-chinese-patent-laws-also-help-u-s-companies-1468994404
As reported by IAM, Judge Gang Feng of the Beijing Intellectual Property Court provided an update on the IP Courts in China in a presentation given June 2, 2016. Perhaps most interestingly, he stated that of 63 first instance (i.e., trial level/non-appellate) civil litigations with foreign plaintiffs, the winning percentage was 100%. All 63 of these foreigner-filed cases were won! This compares to an overall winning percentage at first instance of 72.3% Although the number of patent cases among these were not stated, most were likely patent cases due to the court's first instance jurisdiction.
There are three IP Courts in China, one each in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The Beijing Intellectual Property Court was established in November 6, 2014 for trying IP-related cases on both first instance and second instance level (there are trial and appellate levels, respectively). The IP Courts may hear the following cases:
He then provided several statistics regarding the Beijing IP Court for 2015:
Judge Gang classified the cases accepted by the Beijing IP Court into four chief classes:
In 2015, the Court concluded 5,432 cases, with each judge concluding 209 cases on average. Of these, 3,934 were first instance cases, including 59 copyright disputes, 3,245 trademark disputes, 597 patent disputes and 33 other disputes. 1,485 were second instance cases, including 1,196 copyright disputes, 98 trademark disputes, 14 patent disputes and 177 other disputes. Judge Gang concluded 244 cases himself. The highest amount of cases concluded by a single judge was 279.
Judge Gang then mentioned that foreign-related IP cases have three principles:
In summary, Judge Gang essentially rolled out the red carpet for foreigners to file IP cases in China. This is consistent with my observations that the judges and courts have been directed to help create the world's best IP enforcement system, and that they have responded very quickly. Although the system is not perfect as is no system of enforcement, China has created an excellent system of patent enforcement to which the world should pay attention and respect. If it is not already, China will soon be the best place worldwide to file patent litigations.
See the IAM article for more.
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