Every year, at the time of the National Peoples Congress, the Supreme People’s Court and Supreme People’s Procuratorate report on IP developments. Usually, the data is sketchy and must wait until the end of April, during IPR week (around April 26). Here’s what we know so far: According to the speech given by ShengJun Wang, the president of the SPC, in 2011, the courts at all level concluded a total of 66,000 cases of first instance Intellectual property, which grew by 37.7% over the same period of last year.
As the mainstream media in the United States continue to pick up on the few ongoing trademark disputes in China, the attention to foreign companies’ trademark troubles build. In an effort to have a constructive overview, the AP collected comments from a number of experts, including Professor Cohen. The article was published today and has been distributed by a number of outlets. We hope that there will be more productive and objective coverage like this.
The ongoing trademark dispute between Proview and Apple, which has now reached Apple’s home state of California, continues to draw attention around the world. A court in Pudong, Shanghai refused to grant the injunction against sales of iPads, while Huizhou intermediate court has granted such an injunction. An appeal from the first judicial decision from the Shenzhen Intermediate People’s Court, which was adverse to Apple, to the Higher People’s Court of Guangzhou has just been heard, a ruling at this level is usually final in China. The Chinese central government has, thus far, properly abstained from declaring a position in this dispute and it is too early to tell whether Supreme People’s Court will hear a further appeal.