A senior IP academic has revealed that China’s Supreme People’s Court (SPC) will soon formally recommend the establishment of a national IP appeals court. The comments, made by Professor Wu Handong at an IP forum in Chengdu, were related by USPTO senior China counsel Mark Cohen on his blog. They signal the strongest indication to date that China’s top judicial policymakers consider the country’s experiment with specialised IP courts a success - and that is very good news for patent plaintiffs.

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