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Shanghai reports rise in IP-related cases

SHANGHAI'S bid to promote itself as a cultural and creative center was one of the reasons for the rapid rise in the number of intellectual property cases in the local courts, a senior IP judge with Shanghai Higher People's Court explained.

The number of IP cases rose by 44.8 percent last year compared to 2011, the court said. A white paper released yesterday by the Shanghai Intellectual Property Bureau showed local courts accepted a total of 4,675 IP cases, including civil, criminal and administrative cases, in 2012. A crackdown on counterfeit products doubled the number of IP-related criminal cases with 821 suspects sentenced to jail or detained last year, the report said. But it was the civil cases, especially copyright, patent and trademark infringement, that boosted the number of cases.


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