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Full review of the Opinions from the Supreme People's Court of China on Giving Full Play to the Functional Role of Intellectual Property Trials (Issued Dec 2011)

16 April 2012

"The Supreme People's Court of China issued some Opinions in December 2011. We have been observing this in detail including some recent developments after the Opinions' issuance. The attached note provides a detailed outline regarding the Opinions and their likely impact moving forward. We will continue to provide updates as they occur. "


The full title is the Supreme People's Court on Giving Full Play to the Functional Role of Intellectual Property Trials in Advancing the Great Development and Prosperity of Socialist Culture and Promoting Independent and Coordinated Economic Development (the "Opinions"). The Opinions include six aspects with 30 specific comments covering various IP issues, including trademark, copyright, patent, trade secrets and unfair competition. How this will be implemented and considered is yet to be seen, but the initiatives will be welcomed by IP owners.

The team

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