Just a quick comment regarding IP litigation statistics in China. What does it mean when we see an uptick in cases? According to one government official, this is very good news:
Along with rising invention patents, holders are turning to the law to better protect their intellectual property rights, He Hua, vice director of the State Intellectual Property Office, said at a conference on intellectual property strategies in Nanjing.
Legal cases in this area reached 5,942 in the first ten months of the year, surging 146 percent year on year. Rising lawsuits reflect China’s resolution and its stepped-up efforts to create a better environment for patented inventions and application of them, He said.
So a big increase in lawsuits is good news because it shows that more folks are using the system, have confidence in it, etc. That is a reasonable argument, I suppose. However, at some point those numbers have to come down, right? I don’t know when that is, but if we still see a ton of IP lawsuits ten years from now, I hope the government is not still calling that evidence of success.
By the way, my guess is that if we see some sort of drop in the number of lawsuits, say next year, then we will see similar statements made by folks like Mr. He crowing about how the decrease is evidence of effective overall enforcement efforts.
In other words, any news can be seen as good news as long as you put the proper spin on it.