BEIJING — China says its campaign to tackle fakes and copyright theft is gaining ground, with courts accepting 40 percent more intellectual property cases last year.
A total of 42,931 intellectual property cases were accepted in 2010 with verdicts rendered in 41,718, the supreme court said in a report yesterday. It put the total value of disputed intellectual property at almost $1.2 billion.
Cracking down on such violations has long been a key demand for foreign businesses in China, although the report said there was little change in the number of cases heard involving foreign entities. Trade groups say illegal Chinese copying of music, designer clothing, and other goods costs legitimate producers billions of dollars a year in lost potential sales.