What the Data Says About Trade Secret Litigation in China

Trade Secret matters have become a hot bilateral topic, involving some high profile companies, like Sinovel, and engagement at the level of the Secretaries of State and Treasury, in their Strategic and Economic Dialogue.    During the past year, we have also had the Tianrui v. USITC case at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, confirming the application of the US International Trade Commission’s jurisdiction to cases arising in China. Continue reading

What Has Been the Impact of the Trademark Law on Trademark Litigation

Since China’s WTO accession, trademark litigation has boomed along with nearly other IPR-related statistics.  From 2002 to 2011, all levels of court accept the trademark civil disputes over 45,706 cases, with an average annual growth rate reached 39.8%.  Litigation involving trademark validity at the Beijing No. 1 Intermediate Court grew even quicker from 2007 to 2011, to 5383 cases, and the annual average growth rate reached 57.2%.  Trademark criminal cases numbered 8194 during this period, with an average annual growth rate of 27.9%.    In sum, administrative validity cases have grown the quickest by far – due in part to the rapid growth in TM filings.  Administrative cases were  followed by civil cases and then criminal cases, and all of them showed double digit growth.  (Source: www.bipi.org).