Intellectual Property Court Chief Judge Jiang Zhipei, who doubles as a supreme court commissioner, said China’s laws are enforced through civil and administrative action – not merely criminal procedures, as Washington assumed in its two complaints filed with the WTO in April.
An ongoing interpretation process by the supreme court is helping clarify IPR laws, Jiang said. More than 20 interpretations since 2001 cover a variety of protection issues including patents, trademarks, copyrights and integrated circuits. The court has released three interpretations so far this year, and two more are expected soon. [Full Text]