IP infringements caught ahead of CIIE
Shanghai has uncovered 328 cases of intellectual property infringement involving over 3 billion yuan (US$421 million) during the past two months in preparation for the second China International Import Expo, the Shanghai Intellectual Property Administration said on Tuesday.
It said a citywide campaign on CIIE intellectual property protection was launched on August 1.
So far, checks on more than 600 stores and individuals had revealed 176 cases related to trademarks, patents and geographical indications.
A police team tackling food and drug intellectual property cases had uncovered 83 criminal cases and led to the apprehension of some 300 suspects.
Around the National Day holiday, officers cracked down on a series of crimes of counterfeiting luxury goods, wine and electronic devices.
The city's higher court issued opinions and a guideline on enhancing intellectual property protection and handling intellectual-property-related crimes.
It signed a cooperation agreement with the higher courts in Zhejiang, Jiangsu and Anhui provinces and set up an regional annual consultation system to protect intellectual property in the Yangtze River Delta for the CIIE.
Local prosecutors have set up a special team for the CIIE and will have a special channel for CIIE-related intellectual property cases. Professional training has been given to more than 100 prosecutors specialized in intellectual property and a list of key science and innovation companies and individuals will be made for customized services.
Shanghai Customs, which set up a new office for CIIE, has seized more than 1,000 items suspected of intellectual property infringement and worth about 500,000 yuan.
The customs also opened new CIIE service windows at major ports and at the exhibition and convention center where the second CIIE will take place.
The city's culture and tourism authority has checked related companies, venues and websites 2,693 times and seized over 14,000 illegal publications and registered 69 cases for punishment.