Intellectual property court gears up for import expo

Although the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court was launched just three years ago, it has already successfully dealt with 5,800 cases.

Although the Shanghai Intellectual Property Court was launched just three years ago, it has already successfully dealt with 5,800 cases.

"We accepted 1,013 cases in the first half of this year, seeing an increase of 26 percent over the same period last year," said Li Shulan, vice president of the court. "From my point of view, one cause of the increase in that the awareness of rights protection is improving. Another is an environment which encourages and protects innovation."

The court will also work with other local courts under the guidance of the higher court to ready for the upcoming China International Import Expo to be held in the city in November.

Liu Junhua, a chief judge on intellectual property at Shanghai Higher People's Court, said they issued some opinions on judicial intellectual property protection for the international import expo last month. 

The document stipulates some issues where extra attention is needed when ruling on cases like patent, copyright or trademark disputes, and lays emphasis on the protection of intellectual property rights on expo organizers and exhibitors.

"We will equally protect the intellectual property rights of both domestic and overseas exhibitors," Liu told Shanghai Daily.

The intellectual property court also released details on a case relating to computer software copyright infringement they gave a verdict on last month.

According to the court, the plaintiff, French company Dassault Systèmes, is the copyright owner of a computer software series. It found the defendant posted recruitment notices on many recruitment websites looking for professionals who are skilled in using the software.

The plaintiff said there was evidence showing the defendant illegally used their software for commercial purposes, so they filed an application to the court for evidence preservation before the lawsuit.

After a check, the court approved evidence preservation on the software's use, installation and uninstallation on computers the defendant used in its offices. During the period, the court noticed that the defendant tried to delete the software from their computers.

The plaintiff then brought a lawsuit to the court, asking that the defendant cease their behavior and demanding compensation.

The court later ordered the defendant to compensate the plaintiff more than 15 million yuan (US$2.2 million).

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