China Prosecutes 11,675 People for IP Crimes in 2023 H1


According to a press release dated August 4, 2023 from China's Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP), 11,675 people were prosecuted for IP crimes in the first half of 2023, a year-on-year increase of 36.1%. Trademark infringement crimes accounted for the majority of IP crimes, with 10,384 persons prosecuted, accounting for 88.9% of the total. Copyright came in second, with 1,122 people sued. Trade secret misappropriation cases ranked third, with 167 people prosecuted, an increase of 89.8% year-on-year.


In trademark cases, products include cigarettes, alcohol, food and health products, clothing, bags and other cases closely related to daily life. In some cases, trademark infringement is intertwined with the crime of producing and selling counterfeit and shoddy products and endangering food and drug safety. Such crimes are gradually spreading to new industries, and criminal activities such as selling refurbished electronic products as new products, manufacturing, and selling counterfeit auto parts have increased.


In terms of copyright, the electronic dissemination of literary works, audio-visual works, musical works, computer software and other works is fast and easy, and related infringement cases have increased. For example, in the copyright infringement case of Liu XX et al. handled by the Shanghai Municipal Procuratorate, the defendant produced and sold "dongles" that circumvented computer software technical measures without the permission of the copyright owner.