Ⅰ. The Beijing Higher People's Court has published the Guidelines for the Trial of Copyright Infringement Cases, which sums up previous relevant documents and practice.
The guidelines, comprising 160 articles in 11 chapters, include the topics as follows: investigation of objects of rights; investigation of ownership; determination of infringement of moral rights, property rights, and neighboring rights; investigation of defenses; determination of legal liabilities; determination of infringement of the right of communication via the internet, and determination of infringement of copyright in cinematographic works, and copyright in computer software.
Ⅱ. To improve the administrative efficiency and to achieve more streamlined management of patents and trademarks, China trademark office will be merging with China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO). SIPO, which previously acted as a patent office only, will additionally combine the functions of managing trademarks and geographical indications of origin (GIs), which were previously administrated by separate administrative organs. The restructured SIPO will be part of a newly created agency named “State Administration for Market Supervision”, which will consolidate IP, antitrust and various other regulatory powers.