On April 22, the Supreme People’s Court held a press conference for the Intellectual Property Publicity Week to introduce the overall situation of intellectual property judicial protection in China’s courts in 2020, and released the Top 10 IP cases and 50 typical cases of IP in 2020.
In 2020, China’s courts received a total of 525,618 IP cases of the first instance, second instance, and application for retrial, and closed 524,387 cases, an increase of 9.1% and 10.2% respectively over 2019, including several major cases serving high-quality development. The “Red Bull” trademark ownership dispute case was concluded. The legal interests of Chinese and foreign trademark owners were equally protected, which clearly conveyed a solid signal to increase judicial protection of IPR. The Supreme People’s Court has issued ten judicial interpretations and normative documents covering trade secrets, patent authorization and confirmation, network IPR, IP criminal protection, IP civil litigation evidence, etc., clarified judgment rules, solved difficult problems in the application of the law, and unified judicial standards, strengthened the protection of IPR, and severely punished infringements.