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China: Supreme People’s Court has established an IP Tribunal

Based on official provisions released on 27 December 2018, the Supreme People's Court (SPC) of the People's Republic of China established an IP Tribunal in Beijing on 1 January 2019.

According to the provisions, the IP Tribunal has jurisdiction over appeals against first instance judgments for civil and administrative litigation in cases involving significant technical issues. Furthermore, the Tribunal will be in charge of nationwide civil or administrative cases in the first instance which are significant or complex.

Details on the types of IP rights that may be appealed at the new IP Tribunal, along with other details, can be found in the above-mentioned provisions. After registration, parties to proceedings may search for litigation documents and judgments of the IP Tribunal also in the China Judicial Process Information Online service (both websites in Chinese only).

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