China: Parliament plans stronger penalties for infringement of intellectual property rights

The Chinese parliament is considering a law that would allow punitive damages in tort cases. This long-awaited bill specifically targets infringements of intellectual property rights. If an intellectual property right is intentionally violated and the circumstances are considered “serious”, the owner of the intellectual property rights will be in a position to claim punitive damages. In recent years, the amount of pecuniary sanctions resulting from acts of counterfeiting has gone up. It is to be hoped that the law will produce deterrent effects (chinaipr.gov.cn, 27 Dec. 2018).
In the same vein, the Parliament is also considering increasing the penalties for counterfeit drugs (chinaipr.gov.cn, 26 Oct. 2018).

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