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IPR violators face tougher sentences

(China Daily)
Updated: 2007-01-17 11:01
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Another couple in Qingdao in East China's Shandong Province were fined 20,000 yuan ($2,600) for selling 2,900 pirated DVDs and possessing 19,000 more.

IPR protection in China is covered by civil, administrative and criminal regulations, with civil judicial protection being the base of the entire system.

SPC figures show that in 2005, people's courts across the country handled 16,583 civil and 3,567 criminal IPR cases, up 21 percent and 28 percent, respectively, over the previous year.

On Monday, Beijing also announced its IPR protection plan for the next four years. It says the city will train more managerial-level IPR protection professionals and inject more funds into IPR protection, and strongly encourage innovation.

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