Courts’ in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty cases win re­spect

Fiji Sun - - Asia News - Bei­jing: China Daily

China is build­ing up its in­ter­na­tional im­age and the cred­i­bil­ity of its ju­di­cial sys­tem through deal­ing with high-pro­file for­eign-re­lated in­tel­lec­tual prop­erty cases, a se­nior of­fi­cial from China’s top court said. “Chi­nese courts have been up­hold­ing equal pro­tec­tions while hear­ing for­eign-re­lated IP dis­putes no mat­ter where lit­i­gants are from,” Tao Kaiyuan, vice-pres­i­dent of the Supreme Peo­ple’s Court, told

For­eign IP cases in­volv­ing lit­i­gants from the United States made up one-third of the to­tal, and they were mainly heard by courts in Bei­jing, Tian­jin, Shanghai, Guang­dong and Zhe­jiang, ac­cord­ing to Ms Tao.

Most of the plain­tiffs in the dis­putes are from the US, and the money in­volved in many of the cases was more than 100 mil­lion yuan (FJ$31.49m), she added.

IP cases in­volv­ing for­eign in­di­vid­u­als and com­pa­nies rep­re­sent 20 per cent of the to­tal, ac­cord­ing to the top court in an April dis­clo­sure.

“We fully re­spect for­eign lit­i­gants’ rights and strictly abide by in­ter­na­tional IP rules when han­dling such cases,” Ms Tao said.

A high-pro­file law­suit in­volved US bas­ket­ball leg­end Michael Jordan. In De­cem­ber 2016, the top court ended the four-year-long trade­mark dis­pute by is­su­ing a ver­dict, in which it ruled the reg­is­tered trade­mark of Chi­nese com­pany Qiao­dan Sports in­fringed on Jordan’s right to his name and vi­o­lated pro­vi­sions of the Trade­mark Law.

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