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the year-on-year rise of IP cases re­ceived by the Shanghai In­tel­lec­tual Prop­erty Court in re­cent years

bags and kitschy Chi­nese pro­pa­ganda. Hun­dreds of for­eign trav­el­ers used to dis­em­bark from buses at the back en­trance of the plaza ev­ery day.

Zhang Xia, a shop owner on the se­cond floor who sells silk scarves and qi­paos, said that the com­pany that owns the build­ing used to have part­ner­ships with tourist agen­cies that help pro­mote their busi­nesses. It even post ad­ver­tise­ments in Shanghai’s var­i­ous ex­pat com­mu­ni­ties.

Zhang added that most of the shops would re­lo­cate to places such as the shop­ping area at the Line 2 Shanghai Science & Tech­nol­ogy Mu­seum metro sta­tion.

“I come here with friends and my mother once a month to buy clothes, shoes, elec­tron­ics and what­ever I need as ev­ery­thing here is very cheap,” said Am­ber Hol­lis, a 16-yearold stu­dent at the Bri­tish In­ter­na­tional School Shanghai.

Hol­lis said she wasn’t too con­cerned about the im­pend­ing clo­sure, say­ing that there are at least two other places in the city where she can go to buy fake items. Other stu­dents, how­ever, have ex­pressed dis­may at the news.

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