The 4th National Court Conference ont Intellectual Property Trial announced that courts nationwide received 813,000 civil, administrative and criminal cases concerning intellectual property from 2013 to 2017 and concluded 781,000.
According to data released by the Trademark Review and Adjudication Board (TRAB) of SIPO, in 2017, the total number of trademark review cases decided by the board reached 168,900 and 9,310 subpoenas were issued to the TRAB by the first-instance court, making the percentage of challenges out of all the TRAB decisions last year 5.5%.
Chinese smartphone manufacturer OPPO, has completed its largest patent transaction to date. It is reported that OPPO has acquired more than 20 patent portfolios from audio giant Dolby, consisting of 240 audio and video technologies.
According to the data in the Evaluation Report on the Status of Intellectual Property Development in China in 2017, the comprehensive development index of intellectual property of the country was 218.3 (100 in 2010), up 9.0% over the last year, maintaining a relatively high growth rate.
Average prices for tea grown amid winding river valleys of Wuyi, in the north of Fujian province, have been growing at 10 per cent annually for the past decade, according to local farmers, due to rising demand for luxury tea from wealthy entrepreneurs. But this year price has accelerated to 20 percent due to a campaign by local officials to destroy illegally planted tea bushes, reflecting a general trend of increased environmental enforcement affecting commodity prices.
——Wealthy Chinese consumers drive up price of luxury tea leaves, by Financial Times
As a product of geographical indications, Wuyishan Oolong Tea saw strong market demand, which not only increased the price of luxury tea, but also caused illegal planting, seriously affecting the brand value of Wuyishan Oolong Tea. The local government stepped up enforcement efforts, cracked down on illegal planting, which safeguard the brand value of GI.