According to officials of the State Intellectual Property Office, last year, IP authorities have taken several steps to promote intellectual property protection, for example, special campaigns were waged to combat intellectual property violations and counterfeiting; enforcement plans were issued to guide local IP offices to enhance enforcement inspections in large exhibitions; law enforcement performance was properly evaluated; crucial mechanisms on intellectual property protection were established; programs on improving patent administrative enforcement capacities were about to be drafted; network of enforcement information was duly established.
In 2012, the enforcement capacity of local IP offices has been significantly increased, which played a crucial role in boosting confidence of patent owners, increasing the quantity of patent applications, and bolstering innovation.
In 2012, IP authorities in China have handled a total of 9,022 IP cases, growing by 199%, in which 2,510 cases were on patent (2,232 patent infringements, up 77.5%, and 278 other disputes, soaring by 929.6%), increasing by 70%.
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