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Beijing stakes its claim as a litigation capital

By Jacob Schindler

The introduction of specialised IP courts has ushered in a new era in Chinese patent litigation. Recent statistics from the Beijing IP Court lift the veil on an enticing jurisdiction for patent owners

Back in 2015, IAM published an article on China’s litigation environment, asking: could this be the next major forum for high-stakes patent battles? (“The people’s court”, IAM 71). At the time, the country’s three specialised IP courts were brand new and had issued no major decisions; few foreigners were bringing licensing cases to China amid regulatory questions around standard-essential patents (SEPs); and rumours abounded of Chinese tech firms preparing patent offensives.

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