Recently, the Supreme People’s Court released Judicial Big Data Report on IP Infringement, which made a statistical analysis about the concluded civil cases of first instance in 2015-2016. The Report pointed out that about 12,000 cases of IP infringement were concluded over the past two years, with a year-on-year increase of 41% in 2016. Besides, most of the IP cases were arising from economically developed regions, like Guangdong, Beijing, Shanghai, Jiangsu and Zhejiang, etc.
The Report showed that copyright infringement cases accounted for 50.2% of all the IP cases nationwide in 2015-2016, recording 6,000 to be exact, three quarters of which were about infringements upon the information network transmission right and screening right of works.
According to the report, defendants and plaintiff of IP cases were mainly legal persons, among which 87.32% of the plaintiff were legal persons. In terms of copyright disputes, although the share of plaintiffs in all were not represented, the figure can be concluded through easy calculation. Among the copyright infringement cases, legal persons accounted for 74% of the plaintiffs.
From the report, the trials in most of the IP cases have supported or partially supported the claims of plaintiff as compared to only less than 8% of the cases not supporting them. This fully represents the status quo of domestic judicial efforts to strengthen IP protection, which on one hand encourages right owners to protect their rights and on the other hand, warns infringers.