Technical investigation system needed to protect intellectual property: delegate


A delegate to the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) said on Thursday that the courts would set up a system of technical investigation officers as part of reforms needed to protect the intellectual property rights.

Song Yushui, head of the Political Department of the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, made the remarks at a group interview on the sidelines of the 19th National Congress of the CPC.

"Due to the fact that the patent infringement cases have touched upon the interests of the stakeholders in the society and have become a focus of the legislative and legal bodies and the government, our next step is to build a country that can not only protect the domestic innovation but also the foreign innovation," said Song, who is also the vice president of the Beijing Intellectual Property Court.

The specific measures include successively establishing intellectual property courts in the cities of Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. These courts will concentrate on the hearing of technical cases especially the patent infringement cases, according to Song.

"In order to better deal with the cases, the Beijing Intellectual Property Court has several judge teams respectively specializing in patent, trademark and copyright," said Song, adding that these judges can be supported by a professional panel and a patent committee affiliated to the judicial committee.

Two months before the opening of the 19th National Congress of the CPC, a Shanghai court pronounced a judgment in the first instance in the blockbuster case of intellectual property rights in China in which Shanghai Gaotong Semiconductor Company accused US-based Qualcomm of infringing its trademark rights. The court rejected all the claims by Gaotong, including those for damages amounting to 100 million yuan.

"Since the establishment of the Beijing Intellectual Property Court, trademark cases have accounted for 70 percent of the total cases handled by the court," said Song, attributing it to enterprises' increasing awareness about brand protection.

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