The Supreme People’s Court has published a list of what it refers to as its “top 10 IP cases in 2008”.
The cases, listed below, were published on the Court’s website recently. They range from a criminal case involving passing off of registered trademarks to a claim of copyright infringement by Porsche, and were apparently chosen on the basis of their significance for the development of IP case law in mainland China. At the same time, the Court also published a wider list of what it deems the 50 “landmark IP cases in 2008”.
The Court appears keen to use the internet to publicise its work and assist with enforcement: in April, it announced the establishment of a new website which promised to name the losing parties in civil cases who had not paid damages.
Civil cases concerning intellectual property rights (7 cases)