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Archived updates for Monday, March 20, 2006

China Launches I/P Piracy Court

According to a March 13, 2006 report by Dean Visser of The Associated Press, China has created a special court to prosecute product piracy cases, a government spokesman said Friday, amid demands for Beijing to step up action against rampant illegal copying of movies, music, software and other goods. Sun Huapu announced the Judicial Court of Intellectual Property at a news conference held during the annual meeting of parliament. He added that China has also created a website to bring unwanted publicity to defendants in high-profile piracy cases

According to Jurist on March 10, 2006, Jiang Zhipei, currently the Chief Justice of the Intellectual Property Rights Tribunal of the Supreme People's Court, also dismissed the complaints of foreigners critical of China's intellectual property safeguards, noting that it was their responsibility to bring cases to court, yet only 5 percent of all Chinese IP cases last year were brought by foreign companies.
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