Supreme court: Sharp Rise in Intellectual Property Cases

Nearly 60,000 intellectual property cases were filed in courts of first instance last year, a 40 percent increase over 2010, according to a report released by the Supreme People's Court on April 18.

More than 58,000 cases were completed by the end of the year.

Disputes involving foreign parties increased in 2011, drawing increasing attention from home and abroad to China's trial processes and sentences, the supreme court said.

The report said the rise in cases and increasing publicity are reflections of growing competition for proprietary innovation.

(Source: China Daily)