China to establish center to resolve IP disputes

China to establish center to resolve IP disputes

Summary: The center is to provide third-party mediation and dispute-resolution services to technology companies involved in intellectual property disputes, with the country seeing a surge in such cases due to online piracy.


China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) will be establishing a digital dispute-resolution center to deal with disagreements over intellectual property (IP) and online copyright issues.

According to the Sina Tech news site on Tuesday, the plans had been unveiled at an annual meeting by the Internet Society of China and the Mediation Center Internet Legal Professionals held in Beijing last week.

The dispute-resolution center will be an arm of MIIT responsible for IP disputes, and will provide third-party mediation services and dispute-resolution services to technology companies involved in disputes.

If everything goes according to plan, the center is likely to be established sometime this year, Zhao Tianwu, director of the ministry of electronics intellectual property center, said at the meeting.

Tao Dongshu, deputy director of Electronic Science and Technology of the Ministry of Industry and Information Institute of Intellectual Property Forensics Center, explained that as networks become the main transmission medium of content, the Internet has been a main challenge when combating piracy.

The complex nature of online IP, coupled with the lack of clarity over some policies and regulations, have caused frequent disputes arising from online piracy, Tao explained.

Beijing's High Court vice president Zhang Xuesong said at the meeting that intellectual property cases increased by 17 percent from 2011 to 2012, of which 16 percent were online piracy related.

Delving into provincial statistics, he said the number of IP rights cases accepted by the Hainan province court increased six-fold in 2011 from the previous year, while the cases in Guangdong increased from 6,144 to 16,094 from 2009 to 2011.

This is the latest in a series of China's government efforts to combat online piracy. In December last year, commerce minister Chen Deming pledged that the country will "do more" to protect IP rights and combat software piracy by promoting the use of legal software. The government also launched a campaign against online piracy in June, to boost supervision over Internet services and content providers, as well as propose guidelines for e-commerce platforms to create copyright rules and penalties.

Topics: China, Emerging Tech, Tech Industry

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  • Excellent article.

    I hope this effort is well-intended, and focused on new purpose for regarding piracy as both a theft against developers/manufacturers, as well as commerce. Innovation deserves compensation.
    • Re: Innovation deserves compensation.

      Ah, if only every company could simply point to its "innovation" and simply sit back and demand "compensation"...
  • Don't Patent

    When it comes to dealing with rampant intellectual property theft associated with how China blatantly infringes, sometimes a company is better off keeping their work as trade secrets instead of patenting them. If they patent then Chinese "innovators" simply have a blueprint to copy the work. If it is not hinted at in any way how to replicate the technology then, in China anyway, it is easier to make a profit.
  • It's time to Patent!

    OK, there's nothing left to steal, it's time to claim what they stole as their rightful IPs' so China can start more exports to the West w/o cheap pricing games. Furthermore, "anyone wants a piece of the pie, you better reserve your seating now. Please pay directly as soon as possible. We prefer under the table style."