Specialized IP Courts in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou


On 31 August 2014, the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress ("NPC") passed a decision concerning the establishment of specialized intellectual property ("IP") courts in three main hubs: Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou. This newsflash aims at summarizing some of the key changes proposed in the decision. The courts are expected to be set up by end of this year.

We will send updates as they become available.


It is hoped that the recent establishment of specialized IP courts will improve the quality and speed of court procedures involving IP rights. This should in turn increase the efficiency of IP enforcement in China. The establishment of specialized IP courts is considered an important stepping stone aimed at paving the way towards an innovation-driven economy for China.

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