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China Daily (Canada) - - SHANGHAI -

the rise in the num­ber of ap­pli­ca­tions for trade­mark reg­is­tra­tion last year

in­fringe­ment cases have been es­tab­lished in Beijing, Shang­hai and Guangzhou, Guang­dong prov­ince.

Sta­tis­tics from the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court showed that there were 130,000 IPR lit­i­ga­tions in the coun­try in 2014, a year-on-year rise of nearly 20 per­cent, an in­di­ca­tion that a grow­ing num­ber of com­pa­nies are lev­er­ag­ing the stricter laws to pro­tect their in­ven­tions.

“Such tight­ened re­straints and the abil­ity to uti­lize in­tel­lec­tual property rights are help­ing firms be­come more pro­duc­tive,” said Lu, dur­ing the Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional In­tel­lec­tual Property Fo­rum on Dec 1. She added that the new laws and reg­u­la­tions have also en­cour­aged more com­pa­nies to file for patents, with more than 60 per­cent of the ap­pli­ca­tions com­ing from en­ter­prises.

“A num­ber of com­pa­nies own­ing core IPs, such as Huawei Tech­nolo­gies and ZTE Cor­po­ra­tion, which are both

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